A recent University of British Columbia study concluded that energy produced by SMRs would cost up to 10 times the cost of energy produced by renewable energy. Every taxpayer dollar spent on this untested technology is a dollar not spent on improving existing energy alternatives, not to mention social programs, and other necessary funding, such as improved staffing in nursing homes and job creation for the millions of people now unemployed due to COVID-19. Exposure to ionizing radiation can cause cancer and other disabling and potentially fatal diseases. Nuclear energy produces extremely hazardous radioactive waste for which there is no viable disposal method. SMRs will continue to accumulate this toxic waste on site, burdening future generations for millennia, and creating a longstanding toxic legacy for the people and landscape in these remote areas. SMRs have no place in any plan to mitigate climate change. It is time that our government recognize this and stop funding the nuclear industry, for the sake of all Canadians, and for generations to come.
Toronto Star 26th Oct 2020 read more »