Nuclear-Free Canada

Proposed Darlington overhaul fails to plan for Chernobyl-scale disaster, critics charge

Nuclear planners are not considering the possibility of a Fukushima-scale accident at Ontario’s Darlington nuclear station, critics told a regulatory hearing Monday.

The comments came as the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission opened hearings about the mid-life overhaul of the Darlington station, which provides 20 per cent of the province’s power.

“We would like to see them plan for an accident as severe as happened at Fukushima or Chernobyl,” said Theresa McCleneghan of the Canadian Environmental Law Association. “We’re not satisfied there’s been any serious attention paid to the capability to respond to such an accident.”

McCleneghan noted that if Ontario Power Generation gets approval for the overhaul, the plant will continue operating until 2055. OPG shouldn’t be allowed to proceed until more extensive emergency measures are in place, she said.
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Sierra Club Ontario and New York Say No to Darlington Refurbishment and New Build

Proposal may violate Canada–U.S. Air Quality Agreement

December 3, 2012
For Immediate Release

(Courtice, Ontario and Cheektowaga, New York) - A proposal to refurbish Ontario’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS) may be in violation of Canada’s transboundary treaty obligations. The Sierra Club has told the Environmental Assessment Panel considering Ontario Power Generation’s proposed New Build and Refurbishment and Continued Operation of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS) that the proposals may violate the 1991 Canada–U.S. Air Quality Agreement.  
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Annual Report

SCC Annual Report 2011

Sierra Club Canada's (SCC) 2012 Annual Report summarizes the year's findings for the National Office,
Atlantic Chapter, Québec Chapter, Ontario Chapter, Prairie Chapter, British Columbia Chapter,
and Sierra Youth Coalition.

SCC Annual Report 2011
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Darlington nuclear hearings pushed back


Strong public interest has forced Canada’s nuclear safety regulator to postpone hearings to consider the refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear site’s reactors. 

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) recently announced they would change the date of the public hearings – regarding an application by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to refurbish Darlington’s nuclear reactors, among other things – from November 13 and 14 to December 3 to 6.

According to the nuclear safety organization, the extra days were added “in light of the high number of interventions.”  

The three days of hearings will be held at the Hope Fellowship Church on 1685 Bloor Street in Courtice. All proceedings will be webcast live on the CNSC website and archived for 90 days.

Though the high number of interventions forced the CNSC to add an additional day, no new interventions are being accepted.... Read more »

Federal government laying waste to the Canadian landscape

Canadian public should be alarmed by wholesale deregulation of environmental protection in Canada


October 18, 2012

OTTAWA - The government of Canada continued its assault on environmental protection today with omnibus Bill C-45.

“Today’s killing of the Navigable Waters Act, along with further gutting of what’s left of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Fisheries Act, will inhibit the ability of Canadians to protect their natural environment for their children, grandchildren and future generations,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

"Canadians want to protect the environment and have a strong economy. We don’t need to sacrifice the planet to achieve the latter - the two aren’t mutually exclusive,” said Mr. Bennett.... Read more »


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