DNA formed in 1986, post-Chernobyl accident. The group was very active during the late 1980s & 1990s, always calling for enhanced nuclear emergency planning from its earliest days. 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.


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 ... flattered?? they seem to have more or less co-opted our group's name - though suspicious as to why they'd 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) - years overdue in being updated - is under review. DNA 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 5th & 6th anniversaries of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
  • Co-sponsoring events to commemorate the 30th & 31st anniversaries of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (see postings).
  • Informing the public & politicians about upcoming review of nuclear emergency planning in Ontario.
  • Darlington relicensing hearing (Nov. 2-5, 2015) postings herehere & 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 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)
  • Hosting public events such as panel discussions & film showings
  • Intervening in the Darlington refurbishment hearing (December 2012)
  • Ongoing attendance at Durham Nuclear Health Committee meetings
Marchers in the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent at the historic People's Climate March in New York City September 21, 2014.
Marchers in the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent at the historic People's Climate March in New York City September 21, 2014.