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Ontario’s refurbishment of nuclear power plants is reckless

flag-canadaNuclear renovation plan reckless        http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2016/01/15/nuclear-renovation-plan-reckless.html     Jan 15 2016

Re: OPG to begin $12.8M nuclear plant renovation, Jan 12

OPG to begin $12.8M nuclear plant renovation, Jan. 12

Ontario’s decision to proceed with the refurbishment of the Bruce and Darlington nuclear power plants and to extend the life of the already long-past-due-for-closure Pickering plant, is stunning in its recklessness, its failure to engage in a rigourous, public examination of alternatives and lack of transparency about the risks and costs to the public.

The decisions will lock Ontario’s electricity system into decades of dependency on an expensive, risky and aging technology. This at a time when we are witnessing the most significant revolutions in electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage technologies seen since the first emergence of electricity grids more than a century ago.

The future of sustainable energy systems lies in flexible, resilient, distributed generation systems, grounded on efficiency, renewable energy and smart grids, not high-risk megaprojects to rescue a technology whose time has passed.

Mark S. Winfield, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

If only your headline were correct. Sadly, the true amount, $12.8 billion, is probably only the beginning of the money pit the Liberals are wading into once more‎.

What happened to our new economic cooperation with Quebec? For a couple of billion tops, we could improve the transmission capabilities through eastern Ontario and buy their clean, renewable (actual) hydro power‎ at less than the cost of nuclear generation.

Terry Kushnier, Scarborough

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January 15, 2016 - Posted by | general

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