The Pickering Nuclear Station is one of the oldest nuclear plants in the world. It has a long history of accidents and safety concerns and is now well past its official retirement age.   It is also surrounded by more people — 2.2 million — than any other nuclear plant in North America.  If a Fukushima-scale accident happened at the Pickering Nuclear Station, more than 650,000 people could lose their homes and have to be evacuated for 30-100 years.  Tens of thousands of GTA residents could develop cancers.

 

The Pickering Plant is also a storehouse for an enormous amount of radioactive waste—more than 15 million kilograms of deadly spent fuel.  The more than 760,000 spent fuel bundles stored at Pickering laid end to end would stretch from Kingston to St. Catharines. As well as dangerous radioactive elements, these bundles include enough plutonium to build more than 11,000 nuclear warheads.  

Fortunately, we have plenty of safer and lower cost alternatives to continuing to run this old nuclear station, including getting power from Quebec.  Power from Quebec would cost roughly half as much as power from Pickering, making it possible to lower our power bills while removing eight very old reactors from our largest urban area.

Right now, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)  says it will close the plant in 2024 and lay off most of its workforce while leaving the plant sitting on the Pickering waterfront untouched for the following 30 years. A better plan is to adopt the international best practice of immediate decommissioning.  If we close the plant in 2018 and immediately start dismantling it, we can create 32,000 person years of employment and revitalize a big piece of the Pickering waterfront for the enjoyment of the community. 

Take a look at what Mississauga is doing with the site of the old Lakeview Coal Plant.

 

Sign the petition below calling for Pickering’s closure when its licence expires this year and for its waste to be moved into attack-resistant, reinforced-concrete vaults.

Close the Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018!

Dear Premier

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12,239 Eduard Morozov Thornhill Oct 18, 2018
12,238 Lin Song Scarborough Oct 18, 2018
12,237 Razvan Voicu Toronto Oct 15, 2018
12,236 Daniela Voicu Toronto Oct 15, 2018
12,235 Andrew Pope Toronto Oct 15, 2018
12,234 Richard Amenouche Scarborough Oct 09, 2018
12,233 Charlie Maclean Oshawa Oct 08, 2018
12,232 Sandi Everson Courtice Oct 08, 2018
12,231 Jae Young Ryu Richmond Hill Oct 07, 2018
12,230 aaditi Dikshit Toronto Oct 04, 2018
12,229 Vincent Donato Sheenboro Oct 04, 2018
12,228 Yiwen Zhu Toronto Oct 04, 2018
12,227 Richard Reinert, PhD. Toronto Oct 04, 2018
12,226 Dick Bakker Ottawa Oct 02, 2018
12,225 Evelyn bedard Toronto Oct 02, 2018
12,224 Tom Leung Ajax Oct 02, 2018
12,223 Melissa Iliopoulos Pickering Sep 30, 2018
12,222 Paul Gardner Toronto Sep 30, 2018
12,221 richard smyth Huntsville Sep 30, 2018
12,220 Janet Lord-Genyk Utopia Sep 29, 2018
12,219 Carolyn Combs Vancouver Sep 29, 2018
12,218 Andrea Scott-Pearse King City Sep 29, 2018
12,217 barb stec toronto Sep 28, 2018
12,216 Leslie Chin Toronto Sep 28, 2018
12,215 Jamie Harkins Ajax Sep 28, 2018
12,214 Colman Hogan Toronto Sep 28, 2018
12,213 Michael Black Toronto Sep 27, 2018
12,212 Jim Tilelis Pickering Sep 27, 2018
12,211 Betnadine Miled Oshawa Sep 27, 2018
12,210 Gaye Villa Sep 27, 2018
12,209 Bill Cameron Kenora Sep 27, 2018
12,208 Michael Barkley Toronto Sep 27, 2018
12,207 Stephanie Siebert North Bay Sep 27, 2018
12,206 erin-blythe reddie Providence Bay Sep 27, 2018
12,205 Joel Robitaille OTTAWA Sep 27, 2018
12,204 Ken Ranney peterborough Sep 27, 2018
12,203 Laurie Moore Pickering Sep 27, 2018
12,202 Naomi Litwack-Lang Toronto Sep 27, 2018
12,201 Sue Honsberger Toronto Sep 27, 2018
12,200 Linda Charney Ottawa Sep 27, 2018
12,199 Colleen Green Port Perry Sep 27, 2018
12,198 Dave Hoffman Smiths Falls Sep 27, 2018
12,197 Tina Markovski Toronto Sep 27, 2018
12,196 adam james toronto Sep 27, 2018
12,195 amber james toronto Sep 27, 2018
12,194 Jean Robins Kingston Sep 27, 2018
12,193 Benjamin Tong Pickering Sep 27, 2018
12,192 Patricia Miller Gibsons Sep 27, 2018
12,191 Sandra Glasbeek Toronto Sep 27, 2018
12,190 Adriaan Davidse Burlington Sep 27, 2018
12,189 Tony Tony McQuail Lucknow Sep 27, 2018
12,188 Javier Zambrana Gibson’s Sep 26, 2018
12,187 Mandy Lai Ajax Sep 24, 2018
12,186 David Leung Ajax Sep 24, 2018
12,185 Yasamin Sadeghi Markham Sep 24, 2018
12,184 Boris Adonyev Newmarket Sep 19, 2018
12,183 Cynthia Townshend Toronto Sep 19, 2018 Ontario must close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station when its licence expires in 2018. Over 2 million people live within 30 kilometres of the station, and another few million within 50 kilometres. All of us would be damaged for life, if not immediately killed, if there is an accident there. Risk increases with age, and Pickering is the 4th oldest nuclear station in North America. With the wind and solar power, biogas and biomass, that Ontario now has access to, we have a surplus of electricity, not a shortage. We can buy cheaper electricity from Quebec when needed and lower our electricity costs by closing Pickering now. C. Townshend
12,182 Edwina Fort Brockville Sep 19, 2018
12,181 Gail Kesten Thornhill Sep 19, 2018
12,180 Shawn Kesten Markham Sep 19, 2018
12,179 Parisa Adl Scarborough Sep 18, 2018
12,178 Michelle Smith Sep 18, 2018
12,177 Andrew Neill Whitby Sep 18, 2018
12,176 Jolene Lau Sep 17, 2018
12,175 Damien Clargo Scarborough Sep 17, 2018
12,174 Courtney Clark Scarborough Sep 17, 2018
12,173 Catherine Dimitropoulos Sep 17, 2018
12,172 Jonathan Hanson Stouffville Sep 17, 2018
12,171 Russ Vidallet Toronto Sep 17, 2018
12,170 Chelsea Hosang London Sep 17, 2018
12,169 Annie Wade Whitby Sep 17, 2018
12,168 James Kennedy Pickering Sep 17, 2018
12,167 Deven Y McFadden Pickering Sep 17, 2018
12,166 Reyanne Punsalan Ajax Sep 17, 2018
12,165 Sherrie-Lee Neill Whitby Sep 17, 2018 Ontario must close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station when its licence expires in 2018. You can no longer ignore reports about the benefits of decommissioning the power station. This situation cannot continue to be perpetuated considering the harmful impact to the good people that live within the danger zone. It is time to act.
12,164 SVETLANA GARBER Newmarket Sep 17, 2018
12,163 Elen Tripodis Toronto Sep 15, 2018
12,162 Loraine Goldin Thornhill Sep 15, 2018
12,161 Kevin Chen THORNHILL Sep 14, 2018
12,160 Jennifer Broad Newmarket Sep 14, 2018
12,159 Barbara Maister Sep 14, 2018
12,158 Sangbeom Bae Sep 14, 2018
12,157 Ami Karapalidis Newmarket Sep 13, 2018
12,156 John Karr Newmarket Sep 13, 2018
12,155 Lea Karr Newmarket Sep 13, 2018
12,154 Cindy Angers Aurora Sep 12, 2018
12,153 Richard Biggs Newmarket Sep 12, 2018 Ontario must close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station when its licence expires in 2018!! It costs and dangers greatly out way its shrinking benefits.
12,152 Louise Anderson Newmarket Sep 11, 2018
12,151 Steven Renz Sep 10, 2018
12,150 Peter Banga Welland Sep 09, 2018
12,149 Judy Xu Newmarket Sep 09, 2018
12,148 Stauros Cassis Toronto Sep 09, 2018
12,147 Bardia Yahyavi Thornhill Sep 09, 2018
12,146 Behrooz Yahyavi Thornhill Sep 09, 2018
12,145 Tanya Sagermann Pickering Sep 09, 2018
12,144 Alissa Occhiogrosso Newmarket Sep 08, 2018
12,143 Andrea Occhiogrosso Newmarket Sep 08, 2018
12,142 Stephen Salis Newmarket Sep 08, 2018
12,141 Vanessa Figueroa Newmarket Sep 08, 2018
12,140 Luis Figueroa Newmarket Sep 08, 2018