Ontario Power Generation cleared for new reactors
Darlington’s new nuclear project recently received the all clear for up to four new reactors to be added to the current site, pending approval from the feds.
The joint review panel for the nuclear power plant project, after hearing presentations from Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Aboriginal groups, federal and provincial governments, local governments, environmental groups, individuals and organizations interested in the potential effects of the project, concluded that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.
As recent events in Fukushima, and more distantly Chernoyl show, disasters can occur which put many thousands of lives at risk.
Greenpeace, which protested the earlier public hearing process, gave a statement via their nuclear campaigner, Shawn-Patrick Stensil. “We’re disappointed that the review panel has followed the McGuinty government’s orders not to consider cheaper and safer alternatives to building new reactors,” says Stensil. “Other countries have dropped proposals to build new reactors and are investing in safer and cheaper green energy options instead. Ontario should too.”