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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in General News

Phase-out Pickering Nuclear Station and save $850 million per year

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace take action.  Let`s make our presence seen and heard.
JOIN us on Thursday, May 30th from 12:30pm – 1:30pm in Pickering
Location:   Pickering Recreation Complex,
1867 Valley Farm Road,
Pickering, Ontario
(a short walk from the Pickering Go Rail Station)
Please call or email the VOW national office if you can attend  416-603-7915 info@vowpeace.org

VOW co-chair Lyn Adamson will make a presentation at the  Canadian Nuclear Commission Hearings (see the schedule) later in the afternoon

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a three-day public hearing on the application by Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) to renew for a 5-year term and to merge the operating licences for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Stations (NGS) A and B located in Pickering, Ontario. An important detail: this license renewal will allow OPG to run the aging reactors past their “design life”.

The hearing will be webcasted live on nuclearsafety.gc.ca

Phase-out Pickering Nuclear Station and save $850 million per year
The Pickering A Nuclear Station is the highest cost nuclear plant in North America while the Pickering B Station is the 5th highest cost.
The good news is that the operating licences for the aging Pickering reactors expire in 2014 and 2015. Phasing out these high-cost reactors would reduce our electricity bills by $850 million per year or 5%.
But despite these potential savings, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seekingpermission from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Premier Wynne to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to extend the operating lives of these aging high-cost reactors for another four to six years. This doesn’t make sense since Ontario’s demand for electricity is falling and we have much lower cost options to keep our lights on (e.g., energy efficiency investments and hydro-electric imports from Quebec).
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission hearing on OPG’s proposal will take place on May 29 – 31 in Pickering (watch it live here). The CNSC, however, will not consider whether extending the life of these old reactors makes economic sense. That’s why Premier Wynne must step in and save Ontarians close to a billion dollars a year by ordering the phase-out of the Pickering reactors ASAP.
Click here to tell the Premier that we must avoid another electricity expenditure fiasco – don’t waste our hard-earned money rebuilding this aging and outdated facility!