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Nov. 28/18. 3 Nuclear Hotseat podcasts: Santa Susana Field Lab/Woolsey Fire Radiation Dangers – Shocking History of Nuke Site Health Damage w/Epidemiologist Joseph Mangano – NH #388 ++ the 2 previous episodes
Nov. 26/18. California Wildfire Likely Spread Nuclear Contamination From Toxic Site Truthout
Nov. 20/18. Smoke Screen - Woolsey Fire Contamination Cover-up Enviro Reporter.com
August 21/18. Nuclear critics pan licence renewal for Pickering The Oshawa Express
Feb. 5/18. Are Ontario's nuclear emergency plans dead in the water? NOW Magazine
Dec. 28/17. Ontario's long-awaited new nuclear emergency plan falls short, Greenpeace says. Ontario has updated its plan for dealing with nuclear emergencies for the first time since the 2011 Fukushima disaster
Dec. 12/17. Amherstburg fire chief calling for province to step up assistance for nuclear emergency planning
May 17.17. A predictable nuclear accident at Hanford
Dec. 17.16. Lethal legacy: Peterborough’s toxic past
Oct. 31/16. Group wants Pickering nuclear station closed
Oct. 3/16. Nuclear Waste Shipments Delayed
June 22/16. Make Toronto a nuke-free zone
April 22/16. Ukraine Children Eat Food Tainted by Chornobyl Radiation (many Chernobyl 30th anniversary links here)
March 11/16. 5 years since Fukushima accident began. TONS of links here.
March 2/16. Nuclear Activity Threatening Great Lakes
Feb. 11/16. Group Opposing Plan for Nuclear Waste hope to sway pm with his own words [article contains link to powerful 2-minute video listing the wide-ranging # of dump opponents; a truly startling # of opponents from various spheres of U.S. & Canadian society]
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission gives OPG a 10-year licence for Darlington NGS & Pickering will run to 2024
From CNSC on Jan. 11/16: "Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it will move forward with the refurbishment of Darlington’s four nuclear units located in the municipality of Clarington, on the north shore of Lake Ontario. As Canada’s nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) oversees all aspects of refurbishment projects to make sure that it is all done safely. Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) current operating licence, valid from January 1, 2016 until November 30, 2025, authorizes OPG to undertake the refurbishment and life extension of the four reactor units comprising the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (Darlington NGS). At the request of the Commission, OPG will provide updates on the status of the refurbishment project following the return to service of each reactor unit. CNSC staff will provide updates on the performance of Darlington Nuclear Generating Station and the status of the refurbishment project, as part of the CNSC’s annual Regulatory Oversight Report for Canadian Nuclear Power Plants. CNSC staff and OPG present these updates at public proceedings of the Commission.
Ontario has also approved OPG’s plan to pursue continued operation of the Pickering Generating Station to 2024. Pickering’s current operating licence, which expires in 2018, does not permit any refurbishment activities. As part of the licensing process to extend operation to 2024, the licensee must submit an application for this work, which would be considered at a public Commission proceeding.
The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.
Learn more about how the CNSC regulates refurbishment projects: **** END OF CNSC Message ***
** Jan. 12/16 [1 day later!]: CNSC fines OPG $31,690.
from the CNSC statement: "On two occasions, OPG made unilateral decisions to cease corrective actions necessary for compliance with conditions of their Power Reactor Operating Licence for Pickering Nuclear Generating Station without notifying the CNSC. If not corrected, this behavior could in the future result in unreasonable risks to national security, the health and safety of persons and the environment. This AMP is issued to OPG to promote compliance with conditions of their licence and to deter reoccurrence." Read the notice of violation (PDF)
Other News Items:
Jan. 5/16. Is Toronto Ready for a Radiation Emergency?
Nov. 16, 2015 Letters to the Editor of the Toronto Star
Nov. 4/15. Running out of nuclear options