Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination

Working to Protect Our Environment Since 1978

Member of the Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health, and EarthShare of Michigan

Green Energy: Union of Concerned Scientists' Report Documents that Renewables Can Meet a Third of Michigan’s Energy Needs by 2030

A June report by the Union of Concerned Scientists states that Michigan can affordably meet almost a third of the state's electricity needs with renewable energy resources by 2030. The report also notes that: “Michigan has vast in-state renewable energy resources, yet currently relies heavily on its aging and inefficient coal fleet to generate electricity. This overreliance on fossil fuels creates substantial air pollution and carbon emissions, and takes a significant toll on public health, the state's economy, and the climate.” Read the full report, “Charting Michigan’s Renewable Energy Future:  Accelerating the Transition to Clean, Affordable, and Reliable Power” at: http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/smart-energy-solutions/increase-renewables/renewable-energy-in-michigan.html

For other recent reports on the ability for renewables to power over 90% of the energy use in the U.S. by mid-century (or even by 2030), see the “Nuclear-free, Carbon-Free” page at the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (www.nirs.org)

Turning to renewables is a win-win-win. It helps cut our enormous energy footprint from coal, oil, nuclear, and natural gas, makes for healthier communities, and creates many more long-lasting, well-paying jobs.


Safe Energy News

Hearings on proposed nuclear waste dump begin

A second 2-week round of hearings starts Sept. 9 on Ontario Power Generation's proposed deep underground nuclear dump near Lake Huron. The hearings begin at 9 AM eastern and will be webcast through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission website at: www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca Look under "FEATURES" in the upper right hand corner and click on "Deep Geologic Repository".  Important information on this hearing, archived documents and the schedule of presenters can be found here: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/documents/p17520/99863E.pdf (FYI: The schedule of presenters is formatted for legal size paper.)

You can also observe the hearings at the Royal Canadian Legion, 219 Lambton Street, Kincardine, Ontario. If you are a U.S. citizen, you'll need a passport to cross the border.

Background: Ontario Power Generation is on a fast track to obtain approval from Canadian authorities by 2015, to build a deep underground waste dump for "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes from 20 Ontario reactors. This dump would be built beneath the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station at the Western Waste Management Facility, near Kincardine, Ontario, on the eastern shore of Lake Huron. The entrance to this dump would be less than a mile from Lake Huron - one of the Great Lakes, which hold 90% of North Americas fresh water, provide drinking water for over 40 million people, which are responsible for critical fisheries and ecosystems, and which are important for agriculture, recreation and tourism. Public Hearings were held in the fall of 2013 on whether OPG’s draft Environmental Impact Statement (draft EIS) was adequate and met the standards called for in the EIS Guidelines. Because many questions remain about the adequacy of the draft EIS, a second round of hearings are being held.

Where to find critical documents:
 
The EIS Guidelines - http://www.acee-ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents/39323/39323E.pdf
The draft EIS and supporting studies - http://www.nwmo.ca/dgr/
(An inventory of wastes can be found at Section 4.5, pp 4-18 of the draft EIS.)
Comments, (well worth reading) and other public records to date can be found at:
http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?evaluation=17520
(This page also contains numerous documents produced by the review panel or its secretariat.)

Resources: (Please check their excellent links.)

Burying Nuclear Waste at the Bruce: OPG's Proposed DGR -
www.bruce-nuclear-waste-burial.ca  - This site also has information about a second deep burial site planned for all of Canada’s irradiated fuel, which could also be built in the Upper Great Lakes or in the Arctic Watershed.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump http://stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com/ - This group has a petition opposing this proposed nuclear dumpsite.

Nuclear Briefs
Kay Cumbow, CACC Member


Resources "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy - International Roundtable"

Here are links to the presentations which are posted on YouTube, and which were filmed by Ruth Borgelt, videographer.

This is the keynote address of Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility at the International Roundtable on "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy" on May 14, 2011, in Dearborn, Michigan (USA).

Presentation on a critical new book on the human health and environmental impacts of Chernobyl by Lynn Ehrle of the International Science Oversight Board of the Organic Consumers Association. His presentation was made at the International Roundtable on "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy" on May 14, 2011, in Dearborn, Michigan (USA).

Michael J. Keegan of the Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes talks about dangers of nuclear energy power and the opposition to the license renewal for the Fermi 2 plant in Monroe, as well opposition to a Fermi 3 plant. His presentation was made at the International Roundtable on "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy" on May 14, 2011, in Dearborn, Michigan (USA).

Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear gives a talk on "Radioactive Roulette on the Shores of the Great Lakes: Davis-Besse." The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant sits on the shores of Lake Erie in Northern Ohio. His presentation was made at the International Roundtable on "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy" on May 14, 2011, in Dearborn, Michigan (USA).