Pickering Hearing. Again!?

I’ve lost track by now of how many times OPG (Ontario Power Generation) has said the Pickering reactor complex (8 reactors, 6 of them operating, 2 in “cold shutdown,” right beside Lake Ontario, just east of the City of Toronto) is going to be shut down - only to change their minds later, & keep pushing it beyond its "design life."

Too many!

But now the plan is to run this aging complex yet another 10 years (or rather, another 6 years, but the request is for a 10-year licence). They refuse to let it die!

Hearing time is coming up!

Hearing details from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission or CNSC, Canada’s nuclear “regulator,” here. (& more info here.)
 

Date (Part 1): April 4, 2018

Place: CNSC public hearing room, 14th floor, 280 Slater Street, Ottawa.

Time:  As set by the agenda published prior to the hearing date.

** note: this part is for the proponent (i.e., OPG) to tell CNSC tribunal members what its plans are. Some might call it a kangaroo court.*  See below.

** See THIS page on the CNSC site for relevant documents, including the transcript of the April 4th, 'Part I' hearing. The archived Webcast of the April 4th hearing is here.

Date (Part 2): June 26–28, 2018

Place: Hope Fellowship Church, 1685 Bloor Street, Courtice, Ontario.

Time: As set by the agenda published prior to the hearing date.

** note: this is the part the public gets to participate in, & say their piece. Some might call it a kangaroo court.*  See below.  

** In both cases, you can watch the hearing via Webcast. Go to the CNSC Web site & look around in the top middle section or upper right-hand corner for how to do this.

** Find the hearing notice here. *** Note: May 7th is the deadline for written interventions

Very Important Note!!

CNSC is a licensing body. An organization that exists to license nuclear operators. (That's even how they obtain 2/3 of their funding! So there's little incentive for the organization to bite the hands that feed it, hmmmm?)

They never turn down a licence request.

So this licensing hearing is liable to be the usual slam-dunk for the industry.

Listen, don’t trust me on this (though I’ve been attending CNSC hearings for 12 years now, have lost track of how many I’ve attended (TOO many), & have yet to see them refuse a licence request).

Here’s the word from the horse’s mouth, okay?

Never a single licence they’ve ever wanted to turn down.  Here.  

** Be sure to scroll down for a super-relevant quotation about nuclear hearings!

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Information Relevant for this Hearing **

** with more to be added as the days & weeks roll on

Ontario Clean Air Alliance has a Close Pickering campaign. Check it out!

Other OCAA materials:

** plenty more on their site too! Including a series of short YouTubes by a retired Ontario Hydro scientist, an M.D., the head of OCAA, a radiation biologist, & others … on why the Pickering station should be shut down.

Greenpeace Q & A: What you need to know about the Pickering nuclear reactors

 

On THIS site:

  • Nuclear ‘Elephants in the Room’ – a posting with information about a few of the “elephants in the room” with respect to the PNGS (Pickering Nuclear Generating Station).
  • Nuclear Emergency Plans in Ontario (‘PNERP’) Update - about the province’s not-very-robust, newly-revised nuclear emergency plans. (By all means, download & read the PNERP for yourself, on this page here.)
  • many links in that posting above, to other matters relating to nuclear emergency planning & plans.
  • KI: truth or Lies?  There is quite a lot of B.S. afoot on the subject of KI (potassium iodide) pills - this posting from October 2015 remains relevant.

** Lots of great quotations / insights about nuclear accidents on the DNA site, here. The Fukushima disaster in particular,  & an ever-important, still-utterly-relevant article about Nuclear “Regulatory Capture” – A Global Pattern.

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Super-Relevant Quotation:

“There has not existed the slightest shred of meaningful evidence that the entire intervention process in nuclear energy is anything more than the most callous of charades and frauds.” – Dr. John Gofman, M.D., Ph.D.  in Irrevy” – An Irreverent, Illustrated View of Nuclear Power <pg 125>