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 ... um ... flattered?? that they seem to have more or less co-opted our group's name - though pretty suspicious as to why they've 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 - 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 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 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)
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.