There is no justification to accept either the expense or the risks of nuclear technology. All it takes is the courage to stand up to the nuclear lobby. Sierra Club Canada along with thousands of Ontarians is not convinced there is any justification for accepting the risks to health, the environment or the economy presented by the proposal to build additional nuclear reactors.
This attachment attempts to outline the concerns of Sierra Club Canada. By addressing the decision making process, need for the this project, the environmental and health risks and the economics of nuclear power we show this project is wrong for Ontario - wrong for Canada - just plain wrong.
The Great Lakes ecosystem is home to 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water — the largest reserve of fresh water on Earth. As it cascades from the centre of the North American continent through the St. Lawrence and out to the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes system provides not only drinking water, but fish and often emotional and spiritual sustenance for more than 35 million people.
As Kevin McMahon compellingly illustrates in his award-winning 2009 documentary Waterlife, the Great Lakes today blend beauty with blemish, and are under assault by toxins, sewage, falling water levels and underwhelming governmental protection.
And the situation may have just gotten worse.
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A public hearing has been announced for March 2011 on a proposal to build up to four new nuclear reactors at Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. The scheme is part of a plan to replace the ageing reactors at the Pickering station, which are scheduled to close by 2020.
Too often local governments and community members are fed false promises about nuclear energy by people who stand to gain from perpetuating a nuclear power industry in Ontario. For these reasons and more, Sierra Club Canada (SCC) is committed to ensuring that Ontarians get to hear both sides of the nuclear energy debate.
There is no justification to accept either the expense or the risks of nuclear technology. All it takes is the courage to stand up to the nuclear lobby.
Arguments against the Darlington Proposal
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Federal regulators decided Feb. 11 to permit the shipment of 16 radioactive generators across the Great Lakes.
Reaction to the decision was swift. A number of opposition groups immediately condemned the move by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to license the shipment, which exceeds the federally regulated limit of radioactive material allowed onboard a single vessel.
“This shipment is the first of many to come,” said Gordan Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, a critic of the radioactive shipment.
“There are hundreds of nuclear reactors in North America, all of which are getting old and decrepit, and they’re going to have to deal with storing radioactively contaminated equipment somehow, so this could be the beginning of a large amount of traffic on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.”... Read more »
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