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.

40 Years and Counting: A timeline of the Pickering Nuclear Plant.

 

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 2024 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 and for its waste to be moved into attack-resistant, reinforced-concrete vaults.

Close the Pickering Nuclear Station!

Dear Premier

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12,659 Nicholas Newman Brampton Sep 17, 2020
12,658 Stephanie Lyn PICKERING Sep 16, 2020
12,657 patrick connor Burlington Sep 16, 2020
12,656 sattar sharker Rajshahi Sep 16, 2020
12,655 Bill M Pickering Sep 13, 2020
12,654 Humayun Khakwani Scarborough Sep 12, 2020
12,653 sattar sharker33 Rajshahi Sep 09, 2020
12,652 Warren Yeh Markham Aug 23, 2020
12,651 Joyce ho Markham Aug 23, 2020
12,650 Katie Williams Pickering Aug 19, 2020
12,649 Kevin Boxall Petworth Aug 16, 2020
12,648 Jessica Elizabeth Ajax Aug 16, 2020
12,647 Bob Dilly Petworth Aug 16, 2020
12,646 Lilian Moreira Toronto Aug 14, 2020
12,645 Cara Deabreu Toronto Aug 01, 2020
12,644 graciela taylor Whitby Jul 15, 2020
12,643 Paul Wong Scarborough Jun 20, 2020
12,642 Brennan Griffin Stoney Creek Jun 10, 2020
12,641 Mark Zhang Toronto Jun 01, 2020
12,640 Eric Pun STOUFFVILLE May 26, 2020
12,639 Brad Walker Cochrane May 10, 2020
12,638 Dennis Eickmeier Mildmay May 02, 2020
12,637 Geovanna Santamaria Pickeing Feb 15, 2020
12,636 Shakil Kutty PICKERING Feb 14, 2020
12,635 Jhanvi Shukla Ajax Feb 09, 2020
12,634 RAZMIK NEVASARTIAN Feb 05, 2020
12,633 Charles Wong Toronto Feb 02, 2020
12,632 Allison Mills Toronto Feb 01, 2020
12,631 Susan Krajnc Guelph Jan 30, 2020
12,630 Maddy Caccavelli Pickering Jan 30, 2020
12,629 Jin Zhang Toronto Jan 28, 2020
12,628 TAO TANG Scarbough Jan 28, 2020
12,627 Aqsa Liaqat Mississauga Jan 26, 2020 Ontario must close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station and proceed with immediate dismantling. Aqsa Liaqatģ
12,626 Richard Zhang Whitby Jan 25, 2020
12,625 Rehana Shabnam ajax Jan 25, 2020
12,624 Ryan McGregor Etobicoke Jan 24, 2020
12,623 Andrii Loboda Ajax Jan 24, 2020
12,622 Reshma Raju Jan 23, 2020
12,621 Shaunyah W Pickering Jan 23, 2020
12,620 B Aprile Jan 23, 2020
12,619 James Noakes COLLINGWOOD Jan 22, 2020
12,618 Maureen McDonald MIllbrook Jan 20, 2020
12,617 Qiwen Sun Richmond Hill Jan 19, 2020
12,616 Eugen Spivak Jan 19, 2020
12,615 Mindy Ho Scarborough Jan 17, 2020
12,614 Lenka Toporcerova Toronto Jan 17, 2020
12,613 Bernadette Hughes Pickering Jan 17, 2020
12,612 Chris Wu Scarborough Jan 16, 2020
12,611 mark doiron Woodstock, Ont. Jan 16, 2020
12,610 Deirdre McGahern Peterborough Jan 16, 2020
12,609 Hai Huang Scarborough Jan 16, 2020
12,608 Marta Bouina Toronto Jan 16, 2020
12,607 Joy Li MAPLE Jan 16, 2020
12,606 JASON LI MARKHAM Jan 16, 2020
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12,603 Kelvin Chan Toronto Jan 16, 2020
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12,600 Gianpaolo Nascimento Oakville Jan 15, 2020
12,599 Mary Yang Scarborough Jan 15, 2020
12,598 yifu zhang Scarborough Jan 15, 2020
12,597 Stephen Radmacher Pickering Jan 15, 2020
12,596 Ann Chang Pickering Jan 15, 2020
12,595 lei Wu Ajax Jan 15, 2020
12,594 Flora An Ajax Jan 15, 2020
12,593 Baoqing An North York Jan 15, 2020
12,592 Tracy M Li Whitby Jan 15, 2020
12,591 Jingge Li Markham Jan 15, 2020
12,590 Luis Cunha Burlington Jan 15, 2020
12,589 Helen Cunha Burlington Jan 15, 2020
12,588 Jen Feigin Peterborough Jan 15, 2020
12,587 Maria Sores Oakville Jan 15, 2020
12,586 Artur Simoes Oakville Jan 15, 2020
12,585 Alan Candelma Pickering Jan 15, 2020
12,584 Chloe Wang Richmond Hill Jan 14, 2020
12,583 Martin Chawanda Ajax Jan 14, 2020
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12,581 Sadora Asefaw Scarborough Jan 14, 2020
12,580 yong zeng scarborough Jan 14, 2020
12,579 Daniel Borges Oakville Jan 14, 2020
12,578 EDRLON ROMEIRO KITCHENER Jan 14, 2020
12,577 Danilo de Souza Burlington Jan 14, 2020
12,576 Romul Costa Jan 14, 2020
12,575 Paulo Matioli Burlington Jan 14, 2020
12,574 Dine Lota Burlington Jan 14, 2020
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12,570 Quynh Vu Toronto Jan 14, 2020
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12,568 Srdjan Bukvic Toronto Jan 14, 2020
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12,562 Kseniia Sh North York Jan 14, 2020
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