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When the Shoe is on the Other Foot….

From the Hamilton Spectator

Romina Maurino — March 21, 2012

Green groups challenge Ontario’s plans for new reactors

TORONTO A group of environmentalists has gone to court to challenge Ontario’s plan to build new nuclear reactors, arguing the environmental risks and costs involved haven’t been properly assessed.

Lawyers for Ecojustice and the Canadian Environmental Law Association have filed arguments in Federal Court on behalf of several green agencies, saying a review panel failed to carry out a proper environmental assessment on building new reactors at the Darlington station in Clarington, Ont.

Despite a push for green energy projects, Ontario remains committed to nuclear energy, which makes up 50 per cent of its energy supply, and is moving forward with the construction of two new reactors.

But the groups, which include Greenpeace, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Northwatch and the Canadian Environmental Law Association, argue the government provided only vague plans to the federal government-appointed review panel, which nonetheless recommended the project be approved.

They argue that, contrary to the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the panel also didn’t gather the evidence required to evaluate the project’s need and possible alternatives.

They are asking Federal Court to order the review panel to take a second look at the project.

“Despite the profound lack of critical information regarding the project’s design and specific means by which the radioactive waste it generates will be managed, the (joint review panel) report purports to conclude that no significant environmental effects are likely,” said the court filing, obtained by The Canadian Press.

That assumption implies that the “sizable information gaps” will be eventually considered by other bodies, and that “numerous to-be-determined mitigation measures” will be implemented.

Such a “leap before you look” approach, the filing adds, “is the antithesis of the precautionary principle, and should not be upheld by this honourable court.”

Link to full article in The Spectator


Funny how when the shoe is on the other foot, environmentalists get upset at the “leap before you look” policies of Dalton McGuinty.  They have no problem with him taking that approach when it comes to wind turbines, fragile ecosystems, bird and bat deaths and ill health effects for humans.   With the Greed Energy Act, it’s damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.  Typical environmentalist hypocrisy. — Donna Quixote

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