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[cdn-nucl-l] Letter to the Toronto Star
Posted in the Toronto Star on April 1, 2006 and at:
An additional letter printed in response to the response to David Martin's
lemony comment about CANDUs. My letter below that...
Nuclear power has failed us too often
Apr. 1, 2006. 01:00 AM
Canadian reactors are not lemons
Letter, March 30.
Nada A. Trad-Barakat claims Canada's reactors aren't lemons. He's wrong. The
cause of Ontario's so-called "looming energy crisis" is rooted in the fact
that Ontario's reactors were designed to operate for 40 years, but in 2003
Ontario Power Generation admitted that they would need to be shut down or
rebuilt at high cost after only 25 years. This means Ontario will lose 50
per cent of its generation capacity over the next 15 years.
Nuclear advocates propose we solve our energy crisis by investing in the
energy source that has failed the province again and again - nuclear power.
This is no way to keep the lights on, protect the environment or keep
Renewable energy sources can be installed quicker and with less risk than
Madeleine Maillet, Toronto
April 1, 2006
Toronto Star, Letter to the Editor
In the letter "Nuclear power has failed us too often", the author ignores
some impressive statistics that Ontario's nuclear reactors have collected
over their 40 year history.
The CANDU reactor has been honoured by the Engineering Institute of Canada
as one of the top 10 Canadian engineering achievements of the past century.
CANDU reactors have held as many as 7 of the top 10 positions for
performance when compared to hundreds of nuclear reactors around the world.
CANDU reactors have held both the top spot for performance a single year,
and the top spot for highest lifetime performance.
A Pickering reactor holds the record for the longest continuous operation
for all reactors around the world, and has held that record unchallenged for
over 12 years.
Ontario's reactors have proven themselves to be the safest and most reliable
form of power generation available, without producing climate-changing
greenhouse gases and deadly smog like fossil fuels.
Nuclear power in Ontario means we don't have to worry about the skyrocketing
price of natural gas, or having wind and cloudless days to have affordable
Fusion Energy and Plasma Physics
University of Toronto