Nuclear reactors in Canada

Greenpeace fights nuclear power because it poses a serious threat to the environment and humanity. The expansion of nuclear power must be halted and nuclear plants shut down so that we can develop a clean energy future. That's why we are working to stop Darlington in Ontario and protect electricity consumers from a new round of nuclear debt.

The current provincial government wants to spend $36 billions to rebuild aging reactors and build new one at the Darlington nuclear station. Ontario can't afford to spend billions on nuclear power and not foster renewabile energy, which is our hope for long term growth. That’s why we say Don’t nuke green energy. This is the wrong path for Canada.

Every dollar governments and the nuclear industry spend repairing old reactors and building new ones reduces our chance to build Canada's future on sustainable energy.

How Greenpeace fights nuclear energy

  • Challenging industry claims: We produce material that shows the true costs and the threats of nuclear electricity, which the industry wants to hide.
  • Pressuring politicians: Through actions and interventions at hearings, we take on politicians and regulators to force them to tell the public the truth about nuclear costs and risks.
  • Informing the public: We reach out to Canadians through actions, activities and news events in an effort to inform them of the costs and threats of nuclear energy and of the real solutions to the climate crisis.

Greenpeace's "Don't Nuke Green Energy" campaign is working for energy systems that fight climate change and improve our economy. We want an Energy [R]evolution with clean, renewable energy — wind, water, solar and local generation — that will transform our economy for the better.

Our campaign exposes the subsidies and sweetheart deals for the nuclear industry that undermine the growth of green energy.

Learn more about the campaign to stop nuclear and get involved.

The latest updates


If not nuclear (or coal), then what?

Blog entry by Keith Stewart | March 17, 2011 3 comments

That’s the question we’re hearing a lot these days, with Canadian proposals to build new nuclear reactors and refurbish old ones back in the spotlight due to the tragic events in Japan. And we have an answer. You can get a quick...

Can a nuclear accident happen in Canada? - Question and Answer

Blog entry by Shawn-Patrick Stensil | March 16, 2011

Could an accident leading to radiation release happen here in Canada? Yes.  All reactors operating in Canada are vulnerable to accidents caused by a combination of human error, design flaws and natural disasters. The nuclear...

Province Must Rethink Nuclear Plans: Greenpeace and Nurses

Feature story | March 16, 2011 at 11:50

Greenpeace and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) today called on Premier Dalton McGuinty, PC leader Tim Hudak, and NDP leader Andrea Horwath to reject building new nuclear reactors in light of the tragic disaster unfolding in...

Latest update on the situation in Japan

Blog entry by Keith Stewart | March 15, 2011 1 comment

Our hearts are with the people of Japan, and particularly the 50 workers desperately trying to stabilize Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor. According to the latest reliable information, record high levels of radiation have now been...

Greenpeace response to radioactivity release from Fukushima reactor

Blog entry by bblomme | March 12, 2011 2 comments

Here is the latest public comment by Greenpeace on the Fukushima reactor in Japan: Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan September 1999 Reacting to reports that radioactive materials including the isotope Cesium-137 have been...

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