CELA Responds to Ontario’s Decision to Defer New Nuclear Plant Contract

Jun 29 2009

Toronto - The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) today responded to an announcement by Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure that it will not proceed at this time with selection of a builder for a new nuclear power generating plant in Ontario.

“This is absolutely the right decision,” stated Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director with CELA. “Although the decision is likely predominantly an economic decision, the risks associated with nuclear power generation are too great.”

These include accident risk, the health risks associated with routine emissions of tritium during plant operations, the health and ecosystem risks of mining and processing the uranium in Saskatchewan and Ontario, and the short and long term risks of dealing with the high level radioactive waste from operating the plants.

“It is just plain unnecessary to incur these risks in building new nuclear power plants in this province,” stated McClenaghan. “We have a huge opportunity to pursue conservation and renewable power generation, especially with the recent passage of the Green Energy and Economy Act. That is where our collective focus needs to be right now. Use our energy more efficiently, use it well, and develop our renewable energy potential.”

CELA was one of thirteen groups who recently called on the province to pursue renewable energy under its new legislation instead of building new nuclear or extending the life of the Pickering B generating station. CELA urges the province to also make the decision to close the Pickering B plant which is reaching the end of its operating life.


For further information: Theresa McClenaghan 416-960-2284 ext 219