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Pickering nuclear critics call for more emergency preparedness

Durham Region.com NEWS Jul 04, 2018 by Kristen Calis  Pickering News Advertiser 

PICKERING — Questions from concerned advocacy groups regarding the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station remain, while Ontario Power Generation continues to defend its position to justify the plant’s continued operation.This was the scene at the second round of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission hearings regarding OPG’s request for a licence extension to operate the Pickering power plant to 2024, followed by safe storage activities until 2028. The plant is currently scheduled to close on Aug. 31.

Shawn-Patrick Stensil, senior energy analyst for Greenpeace, spoke Thursday at the Pickering Recreation Complex during the hearings. The CNSC will make the decision on the extension request.

In his submission on behalf of Greenpeace, Stensil said there is no justification for Pickering’s operation and the commission should reject OPG’s “request to expose millions of people within the (Greater Toronto Area) to the possibility of a nuclear accident.”

The week of hearings wrapped up on Friday. The first round took place in Ottawa in April.

……….The advocacy group was granted funding from the CNSC to poll the public on specific issues for the purpose of the hearing and presented its results.

The poll found 93 per cent of those surveyed want detailed nuclear emergency plans in place to protect residents from a possible large-scale accident at Pickering (or Darlington).

“Population density around the Pickering station is already too high yet intensification is being stepped up,” McNeill said.

The poll also found 87 per cent believe the radius for predistribution of KI pills should be extended. Currently its delivered within 10 kilometres. Only 17 per cent are aware they can order the KI pills free from preparetobesafe.ca…………..https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/8704832-pickering-nuclear-critics-call-for-more-emergency-preparedness/?s=n1

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July 6, 2018 - Posted by | Canada, safety

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