Ian Fairlie, an international expert on internal radiation, assessed the effects of a nuclear disaster at Pickering of the scale experienced with the Level 7 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Japan in 2011. He estimated the radiation impact would cause an estimated 26,000 cancer cases, nearly half of them fatal. Thousands of residents would lose their homes, with evacuation and no-entry periods ranging from 30 to more than 100 years. The economic losses of these uninsured housing losses would exceed $125 billion. According to Fairlie’s report, published by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance in March 2018, if Ontario had to evacuate a 50-kilometre radius around Pickering or Darlington, all the residents of Toronto, as well as Ajax, Aurora, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oshawa, Pickering, Vaughan, and Whitby would have to leave their homes for up to a century. Based on computer software using assumptions based on the Chernobyl disaster in the Soviet Union in 1986 and at Fukushima , such a catastrophe is difficult to comprehend, but the consequences would be so severe we need to rethink our reliance on nuclear power in Ontario.
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