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Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:10pm GMT
* Refurbishment could cost C$6-10 billion
* OPG wants Darlington reactors to run for 30 more years
Sept 21 (Reuters) - Canadian nuclear regulators will hold a hearing on Dec 3 to 6, 2012 to consider province-owned generating company Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) request to refurbish the four reactors at the 3,512-megawatt Darlington nuclear power plant.... Read more »
The Japanese government has unveiled a plan to phase out nuclear power by 2030, in a major policy shift after last year's Fukushima disaster.
Under proposals put forward by a government panel, the reactors would be shut down completely by the year 2040.
Before the Fukushima disaster, nuclear power supplied about a third of Japan's energy needs.
Japan aims to increase the use of renewable energy and import more oil, coal and gas for its power needs.
Nearly 30 years after it went into operation, it appears the days are numbered for Quebec’s only operating nuclear power plant.
A spokesman for the Parti Québécois said the newly elected government will go ahead with a plan to close Gentilly-2 in Bécancour. The party has wanted to do it since December 2009, Éric Gamache said.
“There is no indication that we will not respect that position,” Gamache told The Gazette Tuesday.
He did not say how the PQ would do it, but noted it does not require a vote in the National Assembly, where the PQ is in a minority position.
Gamache made the statement just hours before the Montreal première of a new documentary about Gentilly-2, which raises questions about the safety of people living near the nuclear power plant.... Read more »
The Parti Québécois will go ahead with its plan to shut the Gentilly 2 nuclear power plant in Bécancour, a party spokesperson said Tuesday.
It is something the party has wanted since December 2009, Éric Gamache said Tuesday.
“There is no indication that we will not respect that position,” Gamache told The Gazette.
He did not say how the party would do it, but noted that it does not require a vote in the National Assembly, where the PQ is in a minority position.
Gamache made the comments ahead of the premiere Tuesday night of a new documentary about the nuclear power plant called Gentilly or Not To Be. The film, by Montreal filmmakers Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel, cites a German studying showing there are higher-than-normal cancer rates among children living in proximity to nuclear power plants.... Read more »
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.
Here is the public hearing announcement:... Read more »