ARCHIVES: Mar 15 – PUBLIC MEETING – Pickering Nuclear license renewal

 

Fukushima to Pickering: we may be on that road but it isn’t too late to get off that road!

Why Close PickeringShort YouTubes

Dr. Gordon Edwards  <5 minutes>
Dr. Cathy Vakil, MD  <5 minutes>
Dr. Ian Fairlie on tritium  <4 minutes>
Nuclear engineer Frank Greening  <5 minutes>
Weak Emergency Plans – Theresa McClenaghan, Canadian Environmental Law Association <4 minutes>
Residents Call for the closure of the Pickering nuclear station <6 minutes>
“Complacency and hubris are the worst enemies to nuclear safety.” – Najmedin Meshkati, an engineering professor at USC who worked on the National Academy of Sciences July 2014 report

“A major factor that contributed to the accident was the widespread assumption in Japan that its nuclear power plants were so safe that an accident of this magnitude was simply unthinkable. This assumption was accepted by nuclear power plant operators and was not challenged by regulators or by the Government. As a result, Japan was not sufficiently prepared for a severe nuclear accident in March 2011.” August 2015 Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Foreword by the Director General

“There was an implicit assumption that such a severe accident could not happen and thus insufficient attention was paid to such an accident by authorities.” –Toshimitsu Homma of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in April 2013 at an international conference on Emergency Management held in Ottawa

“The Commission has verified that there was a lag in upgrading nuclear emergency preparedness and complex disaster countermeasures, and attributes this to regulators’ negative attitudes toward revising and improving existing emergency plans.” – from The official report of The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission  (pg. 19)

“…What part of Fukushima don’t you understand? If you don’t make the modifications [re: safety & emergency planning] you run the risk of destroying the fabric of a country. It happened at Chernobyl, and it’s happening right now in Japan…” – Arnie Gundersen in an interview about the 3rd anniversary of the Fukushima accident, in March 2014

“What Dr. Gerstein shows is that reasonable people, who are not malicious, and whose intent is not to kill or injure other people, will nonetheless risk killing vast numbers of people. And they will do it predictably, with awareness …  They knew the risks from the beginning, at every stage … the leaders chose, in the face of serious warnings, to consciously take chances that risked disaster … Men in power are willing to risk any number of human lives to avoid an otherwise certain loss to themselves, a sure reversal of their own prospects in the short run.” – Daniel Ellsberg, quoted in the Marc Gerstein book Flirting with Disaster – Why Accidents Are Rarely Accidental  (also quoted by Arnie Gundersen in the Greenpeace report Lessons from Fukushima)

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