Should Pickering Nuclear be allowed to operate beyond its license date?

The Pickering Nuclear Station on the Lake Ontario waterfront is the 7th oldest nuclear plants in the world — and the 5th  largest.  Since construction began on Pickering in the 1960s a large urban area has grown up around the station. 2.2 million people live within 30 km of the Pickering station and it is now surrounded by more people than any other nuclear station in North America — approximately double the population surrounding Indian Point reactor in NewYork State which is the next down the list. Leaving this problem plagued nuclear station running for another decade in the heart of our largest urban area makes no sense.

Its license epires in Aug 2018 but Ontario Power generation is planning to seek permission to extend its life to 2024. By then it will be 53 years old - no reactor in the world has operated that long.

It's not as if we need the power - Ontario exports more power than Pickering produces - and its power costs double what the average market price for power in Ontario.

The Ontario Clean Air Alliance has more information and a petition on their website

More study ordered by Minister on Duffins Creek Sewage Outfall

More than two years after the regions submitted their environmental assessment to the province for duckbill diffusers on the outfall pipe, the Minister has issued his response - not a victory, but definitely not a defeat.

The minister has ordered the Regions (Durham & York - the proponents) to do more studies.

Specifically the Regions are to engage an independent waste water expert to prepare a "Phosphorus Reduction Action Plan Study"

The Ministry appears to have accepted the evidence that the excess Cladophora on Ajax's waterfront is at least partially due to phosphorus from the sewage plant and is looking for a plan to reduce it.

The study is to include "a determination of the feasibility of achieving a permanent (or ongoing) annual average concentration of 0.35 mgms per litre of total phosphorus in the WPCP effluent, as well as a total load of 190 Kgm per day based on an annual average."

Currently the plant is discharging at about 0.5 mgms per litre and and a maximum load of 311 kgm per day, so the reduction is not huge but the study will include:

a study of new methods that could be employed to reduse phosphorus in the WPCP effluent; and

the determination of an option that will result in the lowest achievable level ,of total phosphorus levels in effluent, including an assessment of thre operating implications of, and the modifications and costs required to achieve such reductions

Small inexpensive PM2.5 device developed in Japan

Scientists develop inexpensive mini PM 2.5 measuring gadget

August 06, 2015


Researchers at Nagoya University have teamed with Panasonic Corp. to develop a small low-cost device that can detect and measure levels of PM 2.5 fine particulate pollutants, which have been a scourge in the skies over China and Japan in recent years.

Unveiled Aug. 5, the device will cost several thousands of yen (tens of dollars) to produce. Panasonic plans to install the device on air cleaners to go on sale in September.

The device was developed by a team led by Yutaka Matsumi, a professor of environmental studies at the university’s Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory.

"We will be able to detect and measure pollutants by installing the device in various locations in a city," Matsumi said. "We hope the devices will reveal the everyday things that are acting as a source of pollution and help people deal with the health effects."

Fossil Fuels kill far more birds than wind and solar

Burnaby challenges pipeline construction in its conservation area

City of Burnaby Directs Kinder Morgan to Stop Work that is Damaging Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area
September 2, 2014

Press release

DurhamCLEAR Annual Meeting - a Crossroads

DurhamCLEAR will hold its annual meeting on September 9th. We are at a crossroads. We need new blood. Without it, DurhamCLEAR will die.

Councils from all five affected Durham municipalities unanimously approve motions urging EA on Line 9

As of March 24th, all five lakefront communities in Durham (the ones that Line 9 passes through) have approved motions calling on the province to require a proper environmental assessment on Line 9, and in addition, asking that the pipeline be upgraded over a reasonable time period to 3/8" thickness rather than the current 1/4" That constitutes 97% of the existing pipe.

These motions were urged on the Councils by DurhamCLEAR president, Doug Anderson, who made delegations to all of them.

Local Councils asking for Line 9 EA, thicker pipe

DC president, Doug Anderson is continuing to do delegations at local councils about Line 9.

NEB fulfills expectations - approves Line 9 with a few reasonably good conditions

As most people expected, The National Energy Board issued its decision on Mar. 6 in which it gave Enbridge most of what it asked for. It gave approval to all 3 of Enbridge's 'asks'

Why the Province should require a provincial Environmental Assessment on Line 9

Now that the national Energy Board has all but ignored the suggested conditions that Ontario laid done in its submission on Line 9, the province should move forward on requiring a provincial EA.

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