(Courtice, Ontario and Cheektowaga, New York) - A proposal to refurbish Ontario’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS) may be in violation of Canada’s transboundary treaty obligations. The Sierra Club has told the Environmental Assessment Panel considering Ontario Power Generation’s proposed New Build and Refurbishment and Continued Operation of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS) that the proposals may violate the 1991 Canada–U.S. Air Quality Agreement.
Proposed Great Lakes Protection Act Wins Praise from Environmental Groups: Environmental groups ready to work with all parties to protect the lakes
An alliance of Great Lakes environmental groups applauds the Ontario government’s draft Great Lakes Strategy, released today in Toronto. The groups also welcome the government's proposal for a Great Lakes Protection Act. The Act and strategy aim to address some of the biggest problems facing the Great Lakes. Among the strategy’s focuses are: water quality; beaches, coastal wetlands and biodiversity; and sustaining economic activity.
The groups say that immediate action is required for the Great Lakes’ health to improve. Although there are success stories, like improved sewage treatment, and the drop in toxic chemicals like PCB’s, the Great Lakes are described as being “at a tipping point”.
Rouge Park is about to become a National Park, and your help is needed!
The creation of Rouge National Park means greater opportunity to protect local wildlife and natural habitats but your input is needed to make this happen. With our federal government investing $144 million to create the park, you need to let them know how this money should be spent.
Extending the park beyond the proposed study area of 60 km2 to 100 + km2, giving priority to ecological integrity and water quality, and respecting the park’s “carrying capacity” are a few concerns which Friends of the Rouge are encouraging citizens to be vocal about.
On April 21 2013, Sierra Club Ontario and Credit Valley Conservation will be co-hosting a very special event to honour our late friend and colleague, Peter Orphanos.
Peter Orphanos, founder of Sierra Club's Peel Region Group and environmental champion, lost his battle with cancer in December just before the holidays. His passing was felt in his community and across the country. Peter Orphanos was a dedicated man and was widely respected as a knowledgeable and determined environmental advocate. The embodiment of “Think Global Act Local”, he devoted decades of his life to protecting the Credit River Valley that winds through Peel Region and alongside his Streetsville, Mississauga home to Lake Ontario.
Nuclear planners are not considering the possibility of a Fukushima-scale accident at Ontario’s Darlington nuclear station, critics told a regulatory hearing Monday.
The comments came as the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission opened hearings about the mid-life overhaul of the Darlington station, which provides 20 per cent of the province’s power.
“We would like to see them plan for an accident as severe as happened at Fukushima or Chernobyl,” said Theresa McCleneghan of the Canadian Environmental Law Association. “We’re not satisfied there’s been any serious attention paid to the capability to respond to such an accident.”