The Ontario government is planning to spend $26 billion building risky new reactors at the Darlington site east of Toronto, in part to replace the ageing reactors at the Pickering station, which will close by 2020, Greenpeace Canada is telling members on its website today.
This plan will divert billions of dollars that should be invested in cheaper and cleaner green energy sources and will drive up electricity prices, the letter says. It will also increase the risk of a nuclear accident for future generations. Asking members to "end the nuclear threat," the environmental organization goes on to say:
There has been no consideration of alternatives to building new reactors even though they're cheaper. A report by Greenpeace and the Pembina Institute shows that replacing the Pickering reactors with green energy would be cheaper and would protect Ontarians from the high-cost and risks of new reactors.
Environmental assessment hearings on the Darlington reactors are set to begin next week. These hearings, however, ignore possible alternatives to building new reactors and the potential environmental impacts of a large scale nuclear accident.
Fukushima has caused other countries to rethink their nuclear plants. Ontario should too.
Please tell Premier McGuinty to rethink his plan for new reactors. Please ask him to delay the hearings on new reactors and instead review safer green alternatives.