DNA formed in 1986, post-Chernobyl accident. The group was very active during the late 1980s & the 90s, always calling for enhanced nuclear emergency planning from its earliest days (take a look at this 1997 letter to the provincial government). DNA then went through a lull in the early years of the new millennium, becoming active once again after the Ontario provincial government & Ontario Power Generation (OPG) put forth a proposal to build 2-4 new reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. The Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011 was another major factor motivating DNA’s re-birth. (Note: a great collection of quotations about the Fukushima disaster on the DNA site here, & another great collection of quotes here.)
Recent & Current DNA Activities
- In 2018 we'll be preparing for the upcoming Pickering relicensing hearing, attending relevant workshops & conferences, attending Durham Nuclear Health Committee's 5 annual meetings (we're ... um ... flattered?? that they seem to have tried to more or less co-opt?? our group's name - though pretty suspicious as to why they have done so), & co-hosting public events.
- During 2017, our primary focus was on speaking with politicians about nuclear emergency planning. The PNERP (Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan) - four long years overdue in being updated - was finally released in December. (Advisory group report here. News release from the Province here. PNERP itself is here. & a recent Toronto media item here.) DNA had made a submission to the Ontario government as part of this review, along with 1500 other individuals/groups.
- See 'A Call for Public Safety' - endorsed by 40+ civil society groups.
- Co-sponsoring events to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
- Reminding the public of the 32nd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that began on April 26, 1986. Posting here.
- Working to stop the shipments of highly radioactive liquid material between Chalk River, ON & the Savannah River Site (South Carolina.) See the posting Radioactive Roads: this plan must be stopped!
- You can find Darlington relicensing hearing (Nov. 2-5, 2015) postings here, here & here. DNA's written submission to CNSC. Summary hearing posting with many links here.
- Continuing advocacy for updated emergency planning & international best practices.
- Surveying municipal candidates for views on nuclear emergency preparedness in lead-up to October 27/14 municipal election: results now published.
- Public/politician education about the use of potassium iodide (KI) in the event of a nuclear emergency. KI info on this site here. A very key KI-related brochure from the American Thyroid Association, here.
- Calling on Durham Regional Council to advocate for updated nuclear emergency plans (see this post)
- Informing Durham Region politicians about emergency planning needs
- Taking part in the Pickering re-licensing "Hold Point" hearing (May 2014)
- Intervening in the Pickering re-licensing hearing (May 29, 30, 31, 2013)
- So-hosting public events such as panel discussions & film showings
- Intervening in the Darlington refurbishment hearing (December 2012)