Quebec, July 11, 2012 - Two voluminous reports from Japan and France draw important lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster that go against the proposed extended operation of nuclear power plants at Gentilly-2 in Quebec, and at Point Lepreau in New Brunswick.
In Japan, an independent special commission on Fukushima, established by the Japanese parliament, issued a condensed 88-page report on 5 July 2012 (the complete report in Japanese has 630 pages). It is a thorough analysis of the context in which a series of nuclear accidents began in Japan on 11 March 2011.
Unlike the nuclear industry which attributed the cause of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to the devastating tsunami triggered by an earthquake of magnitude 9, the commission sees the root cause of the catastrophe in the poor organization of the nuclear establishment where "collusion" between the industry, the regulator and the government, is dominant.
CROSS-CANADA CHECKUP—NEW PUBLICATION OFFERS SNAPSHOT OF CANADIAN CONCERNS OVER FRESHWATER RESOURCES
The University of Victoria's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, in partnership with Simon Fraser University's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), recently released the new report “Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future.” Taking the national pulse on fresh water, the report offers a first-hand account of the state of water across the country, and outlines the water challenges and priorities facing Canadians.
On Sept. 4th an official announcement was posted with the details for new Darlington hearings. Greenpeace and NorthWatch are working to coordinate the public participation on these. For more info you can contact Sarah Sherman at Greenpeace: firstname.lastname@example.org. They have provided many links to info to help you participate fully - see below.
Sierra Club Canada and the Ontario Chapter submitted a detailed report on the Pickering Nuclear Station request for permit extension. Our research has turned up a good argument for immediate closure of the plant - certainly not operating it beyond its own planned obsolescence.
Toronto, ON -- The Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance - representing six environmental groups - is delighted that Ontario Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley re-introduced the Great Lakes Protection Act today as the new government’s first legislative agenda item.
“We’re thrilled that the Great Lakes are a priority for the government,” said Sarah Winterton, Acting Executive Director, Environmental Defence. “Improving protection for the source of drinking water for 80 per cent of Ontarians and protecting our shorelines and beaches is the right thing to do, and we urge all parties to work together to pass a strong Act.”
The bill was first introduced June 6, 2012, but died on the order table when the legislature was prorogued. Next, the bill will be debated, and amendments considered by an all-party committee.
Nuclear planners are not considering the possibility of a Fukushima-scale accident at Ontario’s Darlington nuclear station, critics told a regulatory hearing Monday.
The comments came as the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission opened hearings about the mid-life overhaul of the Darlington station, which provides 20 per cent of the province’s power.
“We would like to see them plan for an accident as severe as happened at Fukushima or Chernobyl,” said Theresa McCleneghan of the Canadian Environmental Law Association. “We’re not satisfied there’s been any serious attention paid to the capability to respond to such an accident.”
McCleneghan noted that if Ontario Power Generation gets approval for the overhaul, the plant will continue operating until 2055. OPG shouldn’t be allowed to proceed until more extensive emergency measures are in place, she said.