No Nukes News: Review the Bruce deal!

Angela Bischoff angela at
Thu Dec 11 16:33:20 EST 2014



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Dec. 11, 2014 –  Please pass this onto a friend!

 <> 9 good reasons why we need a public review of a Bruce Nuclear deal The Ontario Power Authority and Bruce Power are secretly negotiating a multi-billion dollar deal to rebuild four aging reactors at the Bruce B Nuclear Station. Here are 9 good reasons why Premier Kathleen Wynne should send any agreement to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for a full public review.

 <> An important week for our climate, but together we can do more Our annual fundraising appeal. We're small but mighty and depend on support from you!

 <> In this 18 min. video, hear Jack Gibbons, OCAA explain how and why we can avoid rebuilding Darlington and Bruce nuclear station.

The World

☢  <> Fire shuts down Belgian nuclear reactor A Belgian nuclear reactor has shut down after a fire broke out at the plant, caused by an explosion. Belgium has adopted a nuclear phaseout plan that foresees the complete abandonment of nuclear energy by 2025.
☢  <> Burying radioactive waste near Creighton fraught with danger The NWMO (Nuclear Waste Management Organization) is currently looking for a "willing host community" to accept all of Canada's irradiated nuclear fuel for permanent storage. Dr. Gordon Edwards said that over a long period of time the metal containers in which the waste is stored will disintegrate. What also concerns him is the possibility of the nuclear waste, once moved to a central location, being reprocessed to extract plutonium for sale or for further generation of electricity.
☢  <> Nuclear accident K1 pills not enough to protect residents Potassium iodide pills will go to every household and workplace within 10 kilometres of nuclear generating stations in Ontario by the end of 2015. Activists argue for 30 km. zone.

☢  <> Stand Against Uranium Solidarity March The Cree Nation Youth Council has launched the 800 km journey to send a strong message to the Quebec government that the Cree Nation opposes uranium development on their land.

☢  <> 3 min. stunning video on Chernobyl today  


☢  <> No Backroom Deals for Bruce Nuclear “Your pocketbook is at risk whenever the government does a backroom deal with the nuclear industry,” says Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario. “It’s outrageous for the Liberals to sign Ontario’s largest private sector contract ever behind closed doors.”

☢  <> Without consent, our sustainable energy future looks dark A secret deal between the Ontario Power Authority and Bruce Power raises questions about ratepayer consent.

☢  <> Nuclear waste site candidates down to 13 — mostly in Ontario The NWMO is looking for a place to entomb the spent fuel from Canada’s nuclear reactors — fuel that remains dangerously radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years, and must be shielded from the environment.

☢  <> How do you feel about burying Southern Ontario’s nuclear wastes in Northwestern Ontario? Please fill out the short questionnaire and sent to Green Party of Canada MP Bruce Hyer

☢  <> The time is ripe for a common Eastern Canadian energy strategy including electricity trade between ON and QC.

☢  <> Groups weighing options after ruling on Darlington nuclear refurbishment Last Tuesday, the Federal Court decided not to overturn an environmental assessment of a plan to extend the life of four aging nuclear reactors at the Darlington site on the shore of Lake Ontario. Booo. The ruling was in response to a legal challenge brought by Greenpeace, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and Northwatch.


Renewables and Conservation

☼  <> Poll finds most Canadians concerned about climate change and support carbon pricing Only one in 10 Canadians now question the science of climate disruption. The poll also found increased support for a B.C.-style revenue neutral carbon tax, with 56 percent now strongly or "somewhat" supporting a tax on carbon emissions.

☼  <> Efficiency is an engine of economic growth A new macroeconomic analysis of energy-efficiency programs found that reducing energy demand has a significant, positive impact on economic growth and job creation. Every dollar invested in such programs yields an GDP increase of between $5 and $8

☼  <> Green energy jobs surpass oil sands total Canada's green energy sector has grown so quickly and has become such an important part of the economy that it now employs more people than the oil sands. But 23,700 green energy jobs across Canada is just a fraction of the 375,000 green energy jobs in Germany.

☼  <> Wind turbines have little impact on property values The surprising findings come amid an already fiery debate over wind farm impacts and appear to contradict widely-held views among turbine critics.

☼  <> Tracking the Green Energy Revolution in Canada There is some very encouraging green energy action across the country – but also plenty of unrealized potential.

☼  <> Florida regulators approve plan to gut energy efficiency goals, end solar power rebates State regulators on Tuesday approved proposals to gut Florida's energy-efficiency goals by more than 90 percent and to terminate solar rebate programs by the end of 2015, giving the investor-owned utilities virtually everything they wanted.


Take Action!

☢  <> Please send Premier Wynne a message urging her to send any Bruce Nuclear Power deal to the OEB for review

☢  <> Call for a Public Review of the Costs of Bruce B Nuclear Station A Green Party of ON petition

☢  <> Please send Premier Wynne a message urging her to make a deal with Quebec instead of wasting billions of dollars on high-risk nuclear projects.  It is the right thing to do for both provinces.

☢  <> Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan to power oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands Please sign the petition.

☢  <> Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our  <> new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant.  <> Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends

☢  <> Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 136 jurisdictions – representing over 16 million people – that have done so! See the  <> list here



☢  <> The German Energiewende: A Researcher’s View Centre for Urban Energy, Ryerson U, Fri. Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Germany is engaged in the most ambitious energy transformation of any major industrial nation — a move to renewable energy and hyper-efficiency.

☢  <> Ontario, Québec, Electricity and Climate Change: Advancing the Dialogue Friday, Jan. 9,  8:30 – 10:30 .m. York U, Toronto. Free.

☢  <> World Uranium Symposium and Film Festival, April 13 - 16, 2015, Quebec City

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