The biggest threat to building a green energy sector in Ontario is the $36 billion earmarked to build two new, and re-build four outdated, risky nuclear reactors at Darlington, 60 kilometers east of Toronto. This is how Premier Wynne wants to spend your money.
Estimated to cost $4 billion, the existing Darlington reactors ended up costing $14 billion. Ontarians are still paying off that $10 million debt every month. It’s part of the “debt retirement charge” on their electricity bills.Through its cooling system, Darlington’s reactors kill 46,000 fish and 1 billion fish eggs and larvae annually. Thousands of tons of high-level radioactive waste are stockpiled at the Darlington site in ill-defended facilities, near Lake Ontario.
Darlington’s operators believe an accident is realistic. They’ve asked for a special federal law to protect them from paying full compensation to victims. Ontarians would have to pay for evacuating the 450,000 residents living around Darlington. We’ve seen nuclear accidents and money can’t bring back the land, the water and people’s health.
Tell Premier Kathleen Wynne Ontario doesn’t need to risk billions on reactors at Darlington if we continue to invest in renewable energy.
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