Urgent: Hearings on Pickering license extension this week

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will be holding public hearings this week on OPG’s quest to keep the aging and outdated Pickering Nuclear Plant running for at least another decade. We need you in the room to let the CNSC know that we expect a real evidence-based hearing on the wisdom of keeping a 50-year-old, high-cost nuclear plant operating in a densely populated urban area when we have so many lower-cost, safer alternatives.

Puclic hearings run from June 25 to 29th at the Pickering Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Road (map).

There will be many well-informed speakers (read their submissions), including the OCAA Chair Jack Gibbons, who will be trying to get the commissioners to face up to the real risks and high costs of OPG’s plan. Jack will be presenting Wednesday morning and you can watch his presentation (and any other parts of hearing) via livestream or attend in person.

The CNSC too often acts as a cheerleader for nuclear power rather than as a truly independent protector of public safety. That’s why we need you to get out to these hearings and use your presence to let the CNSC know that the public is watching.

On the second day of the hearing, Tues. June 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. there will be a rally outside the hearing to let those inside the room know that the risks of continuing to run Pickering far outweigh any benefits. This will be a colourful and lively event to highlight the need for open and transparent decision making, instead of the CNSC’s usual rubber-stamp approvals (they have never turned down a licence request). Please join us!

Keeping Pickering running for another decade is a decision with huge safety and cost implications for millions for Ontarians. We need your help to hold the CNSC accountable for its decisions by helping us drag its processes out of the shadows. If you can drop in for a few minutes or an hour or more, or if you can watch online, it will help to send the message that not everyone is willing to turn a blind eye to the huge risks of running an aging nuclear station in the wrong place – for years to come.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Director