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Government’s early holiday gift to the nuclear industry “naughty, not nice”

Public interest groups across Canada reject federal funding of small modular nuclear reactors OTTAWA, December 17, 2020 – Public interest groups across Canada are criticizing the federal government for funding development of prototype small modular nuclear reactors (SMR) with the SMR action plan that is expected to be announced tomorrow. [Friday, December 17] “Not a penny should go...

A panel of experts discuss Small Modular Reactors or Small Mythical Reactors as Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear has labeled them.

=================== On Nov 6, 2020, at 12:47 PM, Paul Gunter <paul@beyondnuclear.org> wrote: Here is a link to the Beyond Nuclear Small Modular Reactor webinar and our panelists’ powerpoints.  http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2020/10/23/smr-webinar-presentations-and-video.html Paul =================== 1. Oral interventions by Gordon Edwards during the webinar: “Beyond Nuclear” webinar, October 21, 2020 Oral comments by Gordon Edwards [ccnr@web.ca] www.ccnr.org/SMR_webinar_GE_comments_2020.pdf  One of...

(Webinar) Small Modular Nuclear Reactors: Not Clean, Not Small, Not Green, Not Affordable

On March 13, 2020, a presentation by Dr. Gordon Edwards scheduled for a public meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, was cancelled because of Covid-19. The title of the talk was to be:“Small Modular Nuclear Reactors – Not Clean, Not Small, Not Green, Not Affordable” Instead, Dr. Edwards gave a webinar by zoom. Here is a...

Gordon Edwards, scientist, on high level nuclear waste

Saugeen Ojibway Nation votes no on deep geologic repository at Bruce Power site

The Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) has voted against Ontario Power Generation’s Deep Geological Disposal (DGR) project, planned to house all of Ontario’s Low and Intermediate Level Waste (LILW) at a site within a mile of the northwestern shore of Lake Huron. However, the OPG project for LILW has no direct bearing on the other DGR project for High-Level Waste...

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, a case of wishful thinking at best

http://ccnr.org/SMNR_article_2019.pdf … many months of behind-the-scenes meetings throughout New Brunswick with utility company executives, provincial politicians, federal government representatives, township mayors and First Nations, two nuclear entrepreneurial companies laid out a dazzling dream promising thousands of jobs – nay, tens of thousands! – in New Brunswick, achieved by mass-producing and selling components for hitherto untested...
Tesla big battery defies skeptics, sends industry bananas over performance

Tesla big battery defies skeptics, sends industry bananas over performance

Here is one story among many having to do with an exceptionally good storage system for electricity. I circulated this story more than a year ago. Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer who has become a leading nuclear critic, has remarked that he finds it odd that engineers in the nuclear industry proudly assert they can...

Radioactive Water Disposal at Fukushima

A report from our friend Gordon Edwards. The industry is petitioning the government for permission to dump a vast amount of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. “Water, Water, Everywhere And Not a Drop to Drink!” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Marine Here is a link to a TV News interview I gave...

Research Background on Nuclear Reactor Decommissioning Issues in Manitoba

Friends: This document was written in response to questions from First Nations people in Manitoba. www.ccnr.org/Entombment_WR1_2019a.pdf It deals with the proposed “quick and dirty” decommissioning of a research reactor by “entombment”. Nevertheless, there is much of importance to the entire spectrum of radioactive waste issues. I hope it proves to be of value to others...

Enrichment of uranium and production of plutonium are threats to the planet

CCNR is concerned about the geopolitics, not the technology of enriched uranium.  As the Iranian experience demonstrates, uranium enrichment is a hot-button issue when it comes to nuclear weapons proliferation.  If one envisages a nuclear-weapons-free world as a real possibility, how could one tolerate the continued operation of uranium enrichment plants in such a world?...

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

The new nuclear reactors — which do not exist, have not been built or tested, and even under the most optimistic scenario cannot be deployed for at least 10 or 20 years (if ever) — are intended by the Government of Canada to be installed in small communities in the north (including First Nations) and...

SMR – The Second Make-Believe Renaissance

Gordon Edwards, CCNR, September 12, 2018 www.ccnr.org/SMR_Second_Make-Believe_Renaissance_2018.pdf SMR stands for “Small Modular Reactor(s)”. It also stands for the Second Make-Believe Renaissance, for it is the latest effort by an increasingly desperate nuclear industry to create a “Nuclear Renaissance”. They already failed once before. Nuclear Renaissance Number 1 In the west, the expansion of the nuclear industry pretty well...