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Thursday, 11 February 2010 04:00

"My Nuclear Neighbour" 
CBC's The Nature of Things to feature Beyond Nuclear colleague Gordon Edwards 

- Beyond Nuclear  Bulletin - February 11, 2010

The Nature of Things will premier "My Nuclear Neighbour" on Thursday, February 11 at 8 pm (Eastern time) on CBC-TV, and repeat the program on Thursday, February 18 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC News Network.

The episode will focus on Bruce Power's efforts to build new reactors in the Peace River region of Alberta, Canada. Bruce Power owns and operates the largest nuclear power plant in North America, and the second biggest in the world, on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, just 50 miles from Michigan. The program will feature Montreal-based Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, who, along with Michael Keegan of the Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes of Monroe, Michigan co-chairs the Great Lakes United Nuclear-Free/Green Energy Task Force, upon which Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps has served for a decade.  

Our View: Although Bruce Power has canceled plans for five new reactors on the Great Lakes, it has re-committed to building new reactors on the Canadian Great Plains. The official story is that Bruce Power's new reactors in Alberta would provide electricity to the province, including its dirty tar sands extraction operations. A loud rumor has it that a large percentage of the electricity from up to 19 proposed new reactors would actually be exported for sale to the United States. Beyond Nuclear's Paul Gunter has traveled to the Peace River region a number of times, hosted by local anti-nuclear groups, to speak out against Alberta's unprecedented foray into nuclear power. Little known is the fact that these global warming and radioactive Albertan dirty energy schemes could very well have direct impacts on Americans living near the Canadian border. For example, fossil fuel refineries supplied by pipelines from the Alberta tar sands are targeted at the Port Huron, Michigan/Sarnia, Ontario border, and Canada's underground dumpsite for "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes - including those from proposed reactors in Alberta - are targeted at the Bruce nuclear complex about a half-mile from the Lake Huron shoreline. In fact, a "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive waste dump at Bruce, Ontario could easily open the door for high-level radioactive waste dumping there, as well, despite the Great Lakes serving as the drinking water supply for tens of millions of Americans, Canadians, and Native American/First Nations residents downstream. Scores of environmental groups and even municipalities have fought back against this Bruce DUD ("deep underground dump") proposal over the past few years.  

What You Can Do: Email or call Joy Mulinex, Great Lakes Task Forces director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or (202) 224-1211, to urge that U.S. Senate and House Members of this Congressional caucus act now to prevent the Great Lakes shoreline from being used as a radioactive waste dump by the Canadian nuclear power industry.  

Beyond Nuclear in the News 

Kevin Kamps wrote an op-ed to the Keene Sentinel in New Hampshire on Feb. 6, objecting to an unbalanced article that downplayed the health risks of tritium releases from Vermont Yankee atomic reactor.  

Kevin Kamps and Paul Gunter appeared, along with colleague Maggie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates, on CCTV Channel 17 in Burlington, Vermont. The program is entitled "Vermont Confidential: The Case Against Vermont Yankee," and can be viewed as "Broadband Video," or listened to as "Audio Only."

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