Orillia Packet
March 11, 2013
Jack Gibbons

The troubles with nuclear power

Re: “Nuclear energy is reliable,” letter to the editor, March 7

Despite Peter Lang’s claims to the contrary, nuclear power is a high-cost and unreliable power source for Ontario.

Every nuclear-power project in Ontario’s history has gone massively over budget — on average, by 2.5 times.

According to a report prepared for Ontario Power Generation by ScottMadden Inc., the Pickering A Nuclear Generating Station is the highest-cost nuclear-power plant in North America.

In 1998, seven Ontario nuclear reactors were shut down for safety reasons. All of these reactors were shut down for more than five years. Two of them are still shut down.

As a result, we had to increase the output of our dirty coal plants by 120% to keep the lights on.

Energy efficiency and water-power imports from Quebec can keep our lights on for less than one-third the cost of rebuilding the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station’s aging reactors.

Jack Gibbons
Chair, Ontario Clean Air Alliance