Ontario Citizens Need Help Fighting Nanticoke nuclear Expansion Plans

THIS IS A DUMB IDEA, AND NO DOUBT THE PROJECT WILL RUN BILLIONS OVER IN COSTS, AND USING ONTARIOS’ NATURAL GAS RESERVOIR TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY IN THE INTERIM WILL CAUSE HOME HEATING COSTS TO SKYROCKET

I’ve been personally asked to speak at this energy symposium by a group of residents in the Delhi area. Thanks Dawn…we’ll talk to you soon. Like I said on the phone, there needs to be a complete public process to any major decision that could negatively impact the lives of our residents. And as well, I have always stood by the idea that now we have the stuff…nukes that is, we cannot possibly just throw them out as we must continually pay for their management for all of eternity. There’s no point building new ones until we can safely engineer the ones that exist at present. And everyone knows that a government that is attempting to push a big ticket item through like this is basically attempting to “brand” the project in order to claim that they saved us from electrical doom…and buy a vote or two.
Perhaps in years to come we will have safer ways of handling the stuff, but today I’m not sure, and in consideration of scientific evidence that would support the concept that a relatively “young”fault line lies beneath Lake Erie that has seen activity in recent memory, I would be loathe to see a government develope and build a Nuke facility in such a precarious place when all of Ontario relies upon the great lakes watershed for our water resources and recreation.
Petition Seeks Moratorium on Nanticoke Nuclear Proposal
For immediate release: November 18, 2008
Grand Erie Energy Quest, a grassroots group of concerned residents of Haldimand and Norfolk Counties, is launching a petition requesting a moratorium on nuclear development in Nanticoke, Ontario.
Without any formal public consultation, the Municipal Councils of Haldimand and Norfolk Counties have endorsed a Bruce Power proposal for an Environmental Assessment. Resolutions passed by both councils in the spring of 2007 have supported the first stage in Bruce’s proposal to build two nuclear reactors at Nanticoke.
The group’s petition requests that there be a complete moratorium on nuclear development until the issues of contamination, costs, security, and public consultation are adequately addressed.
The lack of public consultation by local municipalities is one of the main points addressed by the petition. Haldimand Council has refused three times to approve a citizen’s delegation regarding concerns about the nuclear proposal.
In addition to the problem of a lack of public input, citizens’ worries revolve around issues such as radioactive waste, cost overruns, social and biotic impact. Some residents feel that competitive alternatives to nuclear power have not been adequately addressed or explored by local political leaders.
“A big concern is that we feel that we’ve been completely left out of a decision-making process that will affect not only our own lives but the lives of our grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren,” said Jim Elve, one of the authors of the petition. “Now that Bruce Power has committed $30 million to the first stage of construction, the snowball is rolling downhill and it won’t be easy to stop.”
Copies of the petition will be available for signing at MPP Toby Barrett’s Energy Symposium in Jarvis this Thursday evening, November 20th, or you may access the petition at….http://www.energyquest4nanticoke.ca/petition.htm

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