Nuclear accidents are happening once a decade somewhere in the world, but Canadian government authorities are still pretending such accidents won’t happen here in Canada. This is a dangerous attitude we need to change. This fall you and I have the chance to do just that.
Last month I reviewed the draft environmental assessment of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) proposal to extend the life of the four Darlington reactors, 60 km east of Toronto. It got me worried.
OPG wants to keep running these old outdated reactors until 2055 instead of investing in safer green energy options.
Running the outdated Darlington reactors until 2055 comes with the risks of a Fukushima scale accident. Any credible environmental review should provide the Canadians information on the potential consequences of such an accident. This environmental review, however, isn’t credible.
OPG and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) dismiss the possibility of significant accidents happening.
They ignore the fact the Japanese government has concluded that this same dismissive attitude is what lead to the Fukushima disaster.
I saw Fukushima and Chernobyl with my own eyes last year. I don’t ever want to see such a human tragedy happen here.
This is why we need your help.
The Canada’s nuclear safety agency, the CNSC, will ask the public for its opinion continuing to run Darlington this Fall.
Canadians need to tell the CNSC to get its head out of the sand. We need to tell the CNSC it can’t approve Darlington until it learns the lessons from Fukushima and tells Canadians the frank facts about the consequences of an accident at Darlington.
You can take this message straight to the CNSC. Sign-up here and we’ll make sure you get the information and tools you need.
Please read this backgrounder on the accidents risks at Darlington. And stay tuned for more information on how the CNSC and OPG are failing to protect the environment. You can use this information to tell the CNSC and OPG they can’t proceed with Darlington.
Stopping Darlington is important for building a safer green future for Ontario. People in Japan and Germany have told their governments to shut down their reactors and won. Those countries are now investing in renewable energy. I hope you can help us do the same in Ontario.
Talk to you soon.
Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace