Hard on the heels of a blunt wake-up call – in the form of an erroneous emergency alert – about the dangers of operating a large nuclear station in the heart of our largest urban area, it has now been revealed that Premier Ford actually wants to keep operating this old and unsafe plant past its current shutdown deadline. After cancelling wind power projects and refusing Quebec Premier Legault’s repeated offers of water power at half the price of power from Pickering, Premier Ford is said to be pushing for operations to continue at the Pickering Nuclear Plant beyond 2024.
Ontario Clean Air Alliance 14th Jan 2020 read more »
Canada: used nuclear fuel repository plans advance. Canada has entrusted to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) the important responsibility of managing the country’s used nuclear fuel over the very long term. Since its inception, the NWMO has been working to ensure the plan it implements on behalf of Canadians is both technically safe and socially acceptable. In Canada’s plan the NWMO will safely store Canada’s used nuclear fuel within a deep geological repository about 500 metres underground in a suitable rock formation. The use of a deep geological repository is consistent with international best practice. This approach is the culmination of more than 30 years of research, development and demonstration. Within the repository, a series of engineered and natural barriers will work together to contain and isolate used nuclear fuel. The five barriers are the fuel pellet, the fuel bundle, the used fuel container, the bentonite clay buffer box and the geosphere. Each barrier provides a different and stand-alone level of protection.
NS Energy 14th Jan 2020 read more »