Petition to the Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, M.P.P. Pickering-Uxbridge & President of the Treasury Board

Dear Minister Bethlenfalvy:

Please ask Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to:

  1. Immediately dismantle the Pickering Nuclear Station after it closes in December 2024, to permit most of the station’s 600-acre site to be returned to the people of Pickering by 2034; and
  2. Ensure that the Pickering Nuclear Station’s spent nuclear fuel is stored in an attack-resistant facility as soon as possible.

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Require immediate dismantling for the Pickering Nuclear Station and safe storage of radioactive waste

Dear Minister Bethlenfalvy:

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Background Information

The Pickering Nuclear Station is North America’s 3rd oldest and its 5th largest nuclear station. When it closes in December 2024 it will be 53 years old.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, immediate dismantling is “the preferred decommissioning strategy” for nuclear plants. Already five nuclear stations in the U.S. have been immediately dismantled in less than ten years after they were shut down.  Ontario Power Generation, however, plans to wait 30 years before beginning the dismantling of the Pickering Nuclear Station.

On January 27, 2020 Mayor Ryan and Pickering Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for the Pickering Nuclear Station to be dismantled as “expeditiously as possible” after it is shut down in keeping with the recommendation of the International Atomic Energy Agency that immediate dismantling is “the preferred decommissioning strategy” for nuclear plants.

According to a 1982 Ontario Hydro report, the Pickering Nuclear Station could be completely dismantled and decommissioned in just nine years after it is shut down. 

OPG is planning to maintain the Pickering Nuclear Station’s spent nuclear fuel on site until an off-site Deep Geological Repository is in-service.  According to OPG, this off-site facility “will be available no earlier than 2043.”  In the interim, OPG is planning to continue to store the spent nuclear fuel on-site in conventional commercial storage buildings on the water’s edge.

Until a secure off-site storage facility is in operation, Pickering’s spent nuclear fuel should be stored on-site in above-ground, attack-resistant, reinforced-concrete vaults.

For more information, please read our short report: Making the Right Choice for Pickering’s Waterfront.

 

 

Signatures
1,590 Peter Papadopoulos Pickering Jul 25, 2021
1,589 Terri Daniels Uxbridge Jul 25, 2021
1,588 Barb and Mike Cillo Pickering Jul 25, 2021
1,587 Jean-Paul Bourque Moncton Jul 25, 2021
1,586 Danielle Goodin Pickering Jul 24, 2021
1,585 Ian Martin Thunder Bay Jul 24, 2021
1,584 Aman Monga Jul 24, 2021
1,583 Inna Gnizdiuk Pickering Jul 24, 2021
1,582 Jennifer Capano Pickering Jul 24, 2021
1,581 Urvashi Sirur Pickering Jul 24, 2021
1,580 Tiffany Wilson Pickering Jul 24, 2021
1,579 Parul Singh Pickering Jul 24, 2021
1,578 Don Alton Pickering Jul 24, 2021
1,577 rinku singh pickering Jul 24, 2021
1,576 Lindsay Martin Pickering Jul 24, 2021
1,575 Sharon Whiteside Pickering Jul 23, 2021
1,574 jd sweeney Markdale Jul 23, 2021
1,573 Louise Brighton Pickering Jul 21, 2021
1,572 Geoff Allen Ajax Jul 20, 2021
1,571 Katie Robertson Ajax Jul 20, 2021
1,570 Diana Sciarra Jul 20, 2021
1,569 Lydia Mason Pickering Jul 19, 2021
1,568 Eileen Sengupta Pickering Jul 19, 2021
1,567 Richard Prentice Pickering Jul 19, 2021
1,566 KAM RATHEE Pickering Jul 19, 2021
1,565 Kartheepan Mani Pickering Jul 19, 2021
1,564 Daniel Forter Pickering Jul 19, 2021 Please ask Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to: 1. Immediately dismantle the Pickering Nuclear Station after it closes in December 2024, to permit most of the station’s 600-acre site to be returned to the City of Pickering by 2034; and 2. Ensure that the Pickering Nuclear Station’s spent nuclear fuel is stored in an attack-resistant facility as soon as possible. The immediate dismantlement of the Pickering facility will provide further economic benefits to the community by restoring a valuable property that may be used for further development. There is also an opportunity to improve the natural environment and viewshed of the Pickering waterfront that already attracts a heavy number of visitors in the summer months.
1,563 Donna Hore Pickering Jul 18, 2021
1,562 Valeria Sarkisova Pickering Jul 17, 2021
1,561 Alan Macdonald Pickering Jul 17, 2021
1,560 Rachel O'Donoghue PICKERING Jul 17, 2021
1,559 Jeff Whalen Pickering Jul 17, 2021 Please ask Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to: 1. Immediately dismantle the Pickering Nuclear Station after it closes in December 2024, to permit most of the station’s 600-acre site to be returned to the City of Pickering by 2034; and 2. Ensure that the Pickering Nuclear Station’s spent nuclear fuel is stored in an attack-resistant facility as soon as possible. 3. Ensure this environmentally sensitive and beautiful waterfront as well as all waterfront in the Durham Region is Protected and kept Condo Free.
1,558 Tony Curtis Pickering Jul 16, 2021
1,557 Jill O'Donoghue Pickering Jul 16, 2021
1,556 Christine Cosgrove Pickering Jul 16, 2021
1,555 Lori Oliveira Pickering Jul 16, 2021
1,554 Bruce Cowan Pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,553 Eric Wilton Pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,552 Doug Wilton Pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,551 Ziegfred Sarmiento Pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,550 Gord Macpherson Pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,549 Ange Berlin Pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,548 Mike Passmore Pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,547 Susan Herbert Pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,546 asim khan pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,545 petras genys pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,544 patricia milana pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,543 Melanie Bailey Pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,542 Gordon Skinner Kingston Jul 15, 2021
1,541 Cheryl Skinner Kingston Jul 15, 2021
1,540 lory drusian pickering Jul 15, 2021
1,539 Scott Campbell Pickering Jul 14, 2021
1,538 Jessica Volikis Pickering Jul 14, 2021
1,537 Jo-Anne Myburgh Pickering Jul 14, 2021
1,536 Lynn Jeffs Pickering Jul 14, 2021
1,535 Carol Gooden Ajax Jul 12, 2021
1,534 Grant Aird Ajax Jul 12, 2021
1,533 Daniel HECTOR Toronto Jul 09, 2021
1,532 David Zhu Ajax Jul 03, 2021
1,531 Jerry Rozeluk Whitby Jun 30, 2021
1,530 Anne Kerubo Ajax Jun 30, 2021
1,529 David Sudbury Ajax Jun 30, 2021
1,528 Robert Farley Ottawa Jun 24, 2021
1,527 Arlene Kennedy Tobermory Jun 21, 2021
1,526 Nehan Mohaimin Toronto Jun 19, 2021
1,525 ALAN Warren Toronto Jun 17, 2021
1,524 Sanjin Zeco Toronto Jun 03, 2021
1,523 Carol Essex Etobicoke May 22, 2021
1,522 Taryn Slawter Pickering May 17, 2021
1,521 Shoshana Fainsilber Toronto May 09, 2021
1,520 Sharon Macsai Welland Apr 28, 2021
1,519 Brenda Kotras Campbellford Apr 16, 2021
1,518 Brenda Ferris Cobourg Apr 16, 2021
1,517 Carlos del Junco Port Hope Apr 15, 2021
1,516 Ashley Briggs Pickering Apr 14, 2021
1,515 Mark Chapman Toronto Apr 07, 2021
1,514 Michael Quintin Toronto Apr 05, 2021
1,513 Helena Wehrstein Toronto Mar 31, 2021
1,512 Melanie Gyles Scarborough Mar 27, 2021
1,511 Cheryl Burrell Pickering Mar 25, 2021
1,510 Pamela Khan PICKERING Mar 25, 2021
1,509 Manij Dangwal Pickering Mar 25, 2021
1,508 Lina Gueorguieva Pickering Mar 25, 2021
1,507 Dave Lovve Ajax Mar 25, 2021
1,506 Cheryl Hannah Pickering Mar 25, 2021
1,505 Marie Eley Pickering Mar 25, 2021
1,504 Kim Lachance Pickering Mar 25, 2021
1,503 Elena Chileva Toronto Mar 25, 2021
1,502 Padmoutie Baijnauth Ajax Mar 25, 2021
1,501 Neil Blackburn Pickering Mar 24, 2021
1,500 Li Chen Pickering Mar 24, 2021
1,499 Elena Atanassova Pickering Mar 24, 2021
1,498 Khadija Mirza Pickering Mar 24, 2021
1,497 Jigarkumar Parmar Pickering Mar 24, 2021
1,496 C Heard Pickering Mar 24, 2021
1,495 Paul van Fraassen Pickering Mar 24, 2021
1,494 Jim Porter Pickering Mar 24, 2021
1,493 Dolores Cabrets Pickering Mar 24, 2021
1,492 Teresa Dionne Pickering Mar 24, 2021
1,491 Janice Porter Pickering Mar 24, 2021