Nuclear News



Over 25 percent of the world's nuclear power plants are in the United States, and more are on the way. Over 17 million American's live within 20 miles of a nuclear plant. Here is a map of US Nuclear Reactors:  map  (Source: Earth Focus)






Bit of History:  Uranium Nuclear


The following disasters have shown the world the catastrophic problems with uranium reactors.  As a result, the movement to “denuclearize” and stop using uranium reactors is world-wide and growing.   Link to movie Uranium by Magnus Isacsson, 1990 (48mins)



Three Mile Island (USA)


The Three Mile Island accident (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA) was a partial meltdown, which occurred in one of two nuclear reactors on March 28, 1979.  It was the worst accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history.  The official clean-up occurred from August 1979 to December 1993 and cost $1 billion.  The accident was rated a five on the seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale.  The reactor involved in the meltdown was decommissioned but the other reactor had its licence increased to 2034.


(Wikipedia) (Mother Nature Network) (Article 27-Mar-2015)


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Study Links Three Mile Island Nuclear Partial Meltdown To Thyroid Cancers In Surrounding Counties

James Ayre


EcoWatch / harvey Wasserman

36 Years of Three Mile Island’s Lethal Lies … and Still Counting

Harvey Wasserman

- Three Mile Island



Chernobyl (Ukraine)


The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant  in the Ukraine near the Belarus border, which was under the jurisdiction of the USSR, suffered a disaster on April 26, 1986.  Chernobyl's fourth reactor exploded on April 26 1986 when a "routine experiment" went wrong sending a plume of radiation equivalent to 400 Hiroshimas into the night sky. (source)  The explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, much of which spread over western USSR and Europe.  Today the power plant is within a 1,600 square mile exclusion zone  with a clean-up target of 2065.  The accident at Chernobyl was rated a seven on the seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale.  (Wikipedia A, Wikipedia B).  “Chernobyl’s radiation was tracked all across Europe where it continues to irradiate plants, animals and humans. The most credible study of Chernobyl’s human death toll put it at 985,000 in 2010.” (source)


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EcoWatch / Olivia Rosane

Chernobyl Wildfires Could Spread Radioactive Particles

Olivia Rosane


Peters resident and photographer tells stories of people and places left behind at Chernobyl

M. Thomas


Business Insider

17 stunning photos that show what the radioactive area around Chernobyl looks like more than 30 years after the explosion

Sarah Jacobs


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Chernobyl Could Become World's Largest Solar Farm



CTV News

Extended: Drone view of Chernobyl 30 years after disaster



Eerie Drone Footage Shows New Chernobyl Sarcophagus Nearing Completion



The Telegraph

Chernobyl animals thrive in exclusion zone without humans

Roland Oliphant


Youtube / Diorsa Bitmez

Documentary “Radioactive Wolves” (45 mins)



IFL Science

What Happens When Wildlife Reclaims Chernobyl?

Lisa Winter


Youtube / TED

Holly Morris:  Why stay in Chernobyl? Because it’s home.

Holly Morris

- community of 200 people living in Exclusion Zone


Scientific American

At Chernobyl, Radioactive Danger Lurks in the Trees

Jane Braxton Little and The Daily Climate


The Telegraph

Chernobyl’s “illegal” tours stopped

Andrew Osborn


Chernobyl Death Toll: 985,000, Mostly from Cancer

Prof. Karl Grossman


Chernobyl Legacy

Paul Fusco

- photo essay


World Health Organization (WHO)

Chernobyl: the true scale of the accident




Fukushima (Japan)


The Fukushima nuclear power plant suffered under a catastrophic 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami on March 11, 2011.  Gauging and recovery from the accident which involved a meltdown of 3 cores and a problematic 4th core is still underway.  The accident at Fukushima was rated a seven on the seven-point nuclear accident scale. (It has been noted that one core meltdown warrants a “7” therefore three core meltdowns should warrant a “21” but alas it is only a 7 point scale.)


Fukushima News


Link to more information regarding Fukushima Nuclear Plant (Japan)


Article: How a Fukushima scale accident would affect Ontario (Toronto Star) 



COSMOS 954 (Canada)


On 24 January 1978, COSMOS 954, a Soviet nuclear-powered surveillance satellite, crashed in the Northwest Territories. The crash scattered an enormous amount of radioactivity over a 124,000 square kilometre area in Canada's north, stretching southward from Great Slave Lake into northern Alberta and Saskatchewan.


The clean-up operation was a coordinated event between the United States and Canada. Dubbed "Operation Morning Light", the clean-up effort continued into October 1978 and resulted, according to the Atomic Energy Control Board (now the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission), in the estimated recovery of about 0.1 percent of COSMOS 954's power source.


The crash of COSMOS 954 raised international policy questions. Soon after the satellite's crash, there was a call from the United States to prohibit satellites containing radioactive material from orbiting the earth. This was followed by similar calls from Canada and countries in Europe. In November 1978, the United Nations authorized its Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to set up a working group to study nuclear-powered satellites.


(Source: (.pdf)



Generation IV News


Presently the majority of reactors in operation around the world are considered second generation reactor systems, as the vast majority of the first-generation systems were retired some time ago, and there are only a dozen or so Generation III reactors in operation (2014). Generation IV designs, with the exception of the BN-1200 reactor, are generally not expected to be available for commercial construction before 2030-40.  Generation V reactors refer to reactors that are purely theoretical and are therefore not yet considered feasible in the short term, resulting in limited R&D funding.


Link to Generation IV reactor overview by Wikipedia




Thorium - an Alternative Nuclear Energy Source?

Comment by Alasdair Lumsden (3-Jun-2013 article)

“The problem here is that existing Nuclear Reactors (Light Water Reactors) burn less than 1% of the fuel put into them, leaving 99% as a waste product. This is insane. Even the inventor of the Light Water Reactor, Alven Weinberg, thought they were terrible and unsafe, and instead advocated the use of a new design they developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, the Molten Salt Reactor. Unfortunately this design wasn't pursued for numerous political reasons, a tragedy that needs to be rectified. Molten Salt Reactors have significant design advantages. Because the fuel is dissolved in a molten salt, it can circulate, achieving 99% burnup, reducing waste to just 1%. MSRs can use Thorium as a fuel, which as abundant as lead and a byproduct of mining - people will pay you to take it away, meaning MSRs have the potential to produce energy cheaper than coal, with zero CO2 emissions - exactly what we need. What's more, MSR reactors can even burn existing spent nuclear fuel, reducing the world’s stockpiles of waste - incredible! Existing LWR reactors operate at 300 atmospheric pressures and use water as a coolant, meaning they can melt down and release steam and hydrogen/oxygen, which can explode, as happened at Fukushima. MSR reactors on the other hand operate at atmospheric pressure, meaning they can't explode, and as the salt is already molten, they can't melt down. They're inherently walk-away safe. The world needs to pursue MSR - it's clean, cheap and safe. The same cannot be said of existing reactors. Anyone interested in this technology should search for "Thorium Remix" on youtube, and spread the word! China has recognised the potential and is aggressively pursuing the technology. America and the west are going to be left behind on this, which is a tragedy. We'll be buying them off China in 15 years, just like everything else.


Rather than store the waste, America needs to re-look at the Molten Salt Reactor, which can consume existing nuclear waste stockpiles as fuel, turning it into energy. MSR is cheap, clean and walk away safe - sadly the tech was mothballed in the 60s due to politics, and the existing investment in LWR reactors, a tragedy for the nuclear industry. Anyone interested in the MSR should search for Thorium Remix on youtube.”


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Youtube / Subject Zero Science

THORIUM 232 - From History to Reactor [2019]

Subject Zero Science


The First Thorium Salt Reactors in Over 40 Years Were Just Switched on in Europe

Mike McRae


World’s first thorium reactor ready to be built for cheaper, safer nuclear energy




Blog: Thorium Nuclear Information Resources

Kevin Myerson


Youtube / Ross C.

LFTRs in 5 minutes - Thorium Reactors

Ross C.

-      Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR)

-      Kirk Sorensen

















See also:


The Corbett Report – Fukushima’s Biggest Secret video (@ 31:20 @36:47)


Time lapse map of every nuclear explosion ever on earth by Isao Hashimoto


Dr. David Suzuki - Will Thorium Save Us From Climate Change? (11-Feb-2014)





Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission


Maps of nuclear facilities


“It boggles the mind that the federal authorities approved new reactors without first considering the environmental effects of radioactive waste and reactor accidents.” Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace (article)





Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI)

represents the Government of Canada’s commitment to the cleanup and safe, local, long-term management of historic low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) in two Southern Ontario municipalities – Port Hope and Clarington. The waste is the result of radium and uranium processing in Port Hope between 1933 and 1988 by the former Crown corporation Eldorado Nuclear Limited and its private-sector predecessors.  As at 2012 it was/is one of Canada’s largest and most expensive environmental remediation projects. (source, source)


Nuclear Power Plants (ON)


Nuclear power meets more than 50 percent of Ontario’s electricity demands.  Link to Ontario Power Generation (OPG).



Bruce Nuclear Generating Station

- is owned and operated by the Bruce Power Limited Partnership, a partnership composed of several corporations (including TransCanada, OMERS, Power Workers Union, The Society of Energy Professionals (wikipedia)).  Located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, in the communities of Inverhuron and Tiverton, Ontario.  It is the largest nuclear generating station in the world by total reactor count and number of operational reactors.  The plant is comprised of 8 CANDU nuclear reactors having a total output of 6,272 megawatts (MW) and net 7,276 MW when all units are online.  The station is the largest employer in Bruce County with 3,800 workers.  (source)




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OPG formally ends proposed nuclear waste DGR at Bruce Power

Janice MacKay


CTV News

Decision on nuclear waste burial facility expected by December

Scott Miller


What is the government hiding?




Pickering Nuclear Generating Station

- is owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation (OPG).  The station is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Pickering, Ontario.  It produces 15-20% of Ontario’s power and employs 3,000 workers.   The plant is one of the largest in the world with 8 CANDU (6 operating) reactors and a total output of 4,124 megawatts (MW) capacity net / 4,336 MW gross net.  Pickering is only surpassed in Canada by the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, which has greater output.  (source)  Shutdown target date is in the year 2020.




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OPG asks public for input on use of soon-to-be shuttered Pickering nuclear plant

Kristen Calis



Darlington Nuclear Generating Station

- is owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation (OPG).  The station is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Clarington, Ontario.  The plant is 70 km east of Toronto.  The 4-unit station produces about 20% of Ontario’s electricity needs with output of 3,512 megawatts(MW), enough to serve a city of two million people. (source)  In October 2016, work will begin to refurbish the plant.  The project will extend the 25-year-old nuclear power plant’s life until at least 2055.



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Ontario urged to abandon $13-billion nuclear reactors rebuild

Kristen Calis


Canadian Consulting Engineer

Federal Court finds Darlington nuclear plant Environmental Assessment was inadequate




Chalk River Laboratories (CRL)

- is owned and operated by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, a Canadian federal crown corporation.  The facility is located in Deep River, Renfrew County, Ontario near the village of Chalk River, about 180km north-west of Ottawa.  CRL is a site of major research and development in support and advance nuclear technology, in particular CANDU reactor technology.  (source)  Chalk River makes the majority of the world’s supply of medical radioisotopes, including two-thirds of the world’s technetium-99m. The National Research Universal Reactor (NRU) licence is set to expire in 2016, and has been extended to 2018 after which the reactor is expected to be decommissioned.  (wikipedia)




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National Post

Tories test private interest in Chalk River nuclear plant

Ian MacLeod



Other nuclear sites

- exist in the form of former and current research facilities, uranium mining and mills, processing and fuel fabrication sites, waste management sites, irradiation facilities, medical facilities and isotope producers. (maps)



Nuclear Waste


High-level radioactive waste (HLW)

 - in Canada is used (irradiated) nuclear fuel that has been declared as radioactive waste. This type of waste also includes small amounts of radioactive waste from medical isotope production and other applications that generate significant heat via radioactive decay.  (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission).  Stored on site at each station in wet and then dry storage facilities.


Intermediate-level waste

resins, filters, items used for cleanup purposes on station systems.  Packaged and transported to Bruce Power site near Kincardine for interim storage.


Low-level waste

– rags, mops, protective clothing.  Items used in normal maintenance of stations.  Packaged and transported to Bruce Power site near Kincardine for interim storage.


Learn how  OPG manages nuclear waste (video)


See also:


Nuclear Waste: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)


Can Reusing Spent Nuclear Fuel Solve Our Energy Problems?



Radiation Impacts on Human Health



10 Symptoms of Radiation Sickness (nausea/vomiting, bruising/wounds won’t heal, bleeding from orifices, radiation burns, hair loss, headaches, weakness/fatigue, mouth sores, seizures/tremors, fever/infections)




Chernobyl Legacy – Photo Essay by Paul Fusco


Fukushima’s Children are Dying (14-Jun-2014)



Other Specific Issues


Link to information regarding the Deep Geological Repository proposed by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) aka “ the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump”



“All radioactivity causes cancer, causes inheritable disease, causes damage to ova and sperm, and causes fetal damage.  All, all of it does.  So it’s just a question of the dose.”

Dr. Cathy Vakil, Family Practioner in Ontario (video @12:45)



NEWS – General Nuclear/Radioactive News




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Public Input Wanted On Transportation Of Nuclear Waste

Sarah McCarthy

-      Ignace/Dryden area, ON


CBC News

Bruce County divided over becoming permanent site to store Canada's nuclear waste

Colin Butler

2020-01-24 (USA)

Investigation: Marcellus Waste 'Too Hot' for Release by Nuke Plant

Dan Heyman

AO News – Oil and Gas


Canadian officials call for investigation after potentially radioactive site collapses into Detroit River

Jason Colthorp, Dane Kelly


Opinion: Promoting small nuclear reactors is just a diversion

Jim Harding


CBC News

'Many issues' with modular nuclear reactors says environmental lawyer

Jordan Gill


The Sun (UK)

Climate change ‘cracks open Cold War nuclear tomb’ spilling deadly radioactive sludge into Pacific Ocean

Charlotte Edwards


Are Thousands of New Nuclear Generators in Canada’s Future?

M.V. Ramana


CBC News

U.S. government to reclassify high-level nuclear waste to save cleanup costs

The Associated Press


Global News

Canada’s nuclear waste to be buried in deep underground repository

Eric Sorenson


CBC News (Saskatoon)

50K litres of uranium-contaminated water leaks into ground at Cameco's Key Lake mill

David Shield


MIT Technology Review

Fukushima’s nuclear signature found in California wine

AO Info: Fukushima Nuclear Plant (Japan)


Russia Launches World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant

Nidhi Goyal

2018-04-30 (29)

Israel Drops Tactical Nuclear Bomb on Syria

Baxter Dmitry


Toronto Star

Report paints grim picture of Fukushima-scale nuclear accident in Pickering

Tess Kalinowski


150 General Electric employees given pink slips today

Pamela Vanmeer

- GE Peterborough


Toronto Star

Lethal Legacy

Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Melissa Renwick

- GE’s Peterborough plant


Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Blog: What you need to know about the Port Hope Area radioactive waste cleanup

Matt Flowers

- Cameco


EcoWatch / Climate News Network

'Nuclear Industry in France in Crisis,' 20 Reactors Shut Down

Paul Brown


National Geographic

TIL: Nuclear Waste Could Power the World for 72 Years

Gary Strauss


Florida nuclear plant operator sued for polluting drinking water

- Turkey Point, Florida, USA


EcoWatch / Ohio Valley ReSource

4 States Struggling to Manage Radioactive Fracking Waste

Jie Jenny Zou

AO News – Oil & Gas


Sum of Us

Petition:  Cameco – Pay Your Taxes

Don Kossick

- offshore tax havens $2.1 billion at stake


Americans Distracted By The Transgender Bathroom Argument While 3 Nuclear Disasters Unfold

Brianna Acuesta

- Bridgeton Landfill, Missouri, fire

AO News - Fill

- Turkey Point nuclear reactor, Florida, leak

- New York nuclear leak


News of Turkey Point leak rocks Keys

Sara Matthis


EcoWatch / Cole Mellino

Radioactive Leak at Indian Point Nuclear Plant Shows ‘We Are Flirting With Catastrophe’

Cole Mellino


Southwest Booster

BREAKING: Uranium concentrate spill shuts down Highway 4 north of SC

- Saskatchewan

- uranium concentrate cleanup


Toronto Star

Is Toronto ready for a radiation emergency?

Daniel Otis


Canada delays decision to put nuclear waste site near Great Lakes

Kellie Meyer

AO News:  Water


EcoWatch / Harvey Wasserman

Nuclear Reactors Make ISIS an Apocalyptic Threat

Harvey Wasserman


Toronto Star

East end given iodine pills as nuclear disaster precaution

Daniel Otis


EcoWatch / Harvey Wasserman

Another U.S Nuke Bites the Dust

Harvey Wasserman

- Entergy clsoing the Pilgrim, north of Boston in 2019


EcoWatch / Thom Hartmann

Japan Restarts First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster, Protests Erupt

Thom Hartmann



Explosion rocks nuclear power plant in New York

- Indian Point


Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Measurements and dose consequences of tritium in municipal sewage sludge

- biosolids


Youtube / Veritasium

Video:  The Most Radioactive Places on Earth (12 mins)




Lockheed announces breakthrough on nuclear fusion energy



Green Party of Ontario

Petition:  Cancel the Darlington Nuclear Re-build Project

Green Party of Ontario


Toronto Star

Lake Huron nuclear dump scheme in trouble: Walkom

Thomas Walkom



EcoWatch / Climate News Network

Storage of Radioactive Spent Fuel Rods Still Haunts Nuclear Industry



Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Staff integrated Safety Assessment of Canadian Nuclear Power Plants 2013 (.pdf)

.pdf file


Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Blog: Federal Court nixes approval of new nuclear reactors

Allie Kosela

- Darlington


EcoWatch / Climate News Network

Can Fracking Solve the Nuclear Waste Problem?

Tim Radford

Link to AWARE-Ontario “fracking” info


Owen Sound Times / QMI Agency

Cylinders with radioactive material dropped in ship docked in Halifax

- Uranium hexafluoride


EcoWatch / Dr. David Suzuki

Will Thorium Save Us From Climate Change?

Dr. David Suzuki


Toronto Star

Nuclear waste decisions loom

John Spears


Live Science

Fracking Could Dispose of Nuclear Waste, Scientist Says

Tia Ghose

Link to AWARE-Ontario “fracking” info


Political Blindspot blog

Arkansas Nuclear Plant Explosion Goes Largely Unreported by National Media




Hanford Nuclear Site Clean-Up:  The Mess Gets Worse

Washington State



Zach Ruiter on Toronto’s nuclear problem

Zach Ruiter

- GE Hitachi


Toronto Star

Burning truck hauling nuclear load flies under radar

John Spears

- transportation of nuclear material = no requirement to notify authorities of mishaps


Globe and Mail

Scaling back nuclear power a tempting option for cost-conscious Ontario Liberals

Adam Radwanski


Toronto Star

Tests by nuclear agency show west-end Toronto uranium plant is safe

- GE Hitachi

- Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, City of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of the Environment


Youtube /


Alert, Hawaii Huge Spike in Radiation Levels Overnight Fukushima


- over 150 CPM

- blackcatsystems (independent amateur radiation monitoring network)



Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

CNSC confirms Toronto Nuclear Facility Poses No Health Risk

News release

- GE Hitachi

- facililty produces uranium dioxide pellets

- been in operation since 1955


National Geographic

Russia Floats Plan for Nuclear Power Plants at Sea

Patrick J. Kiger

- intended to power oil and gas exploration in the Arctic


CBC News

Candu looks overseas after Ontario nixes new nuclear plants



Eco News / The Carbon Brief

An Overview of the New Nuclear Deal in the UK press release


NBC News / Rock Center with Brian Williams

Taylor Wilson

Taylor Wilson


Inside Toronto

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Set to hold public meeting in Toronto

Lisa Rainford

- GE Hitachi


Guardian Environment Network

First US nuclear power closures in 15 years signal wider industry problems

Elizabeth Douglass


Andrew Cash MP for Davenport (Toronto NDP)

Nuclear Safety Commission agrees to NDP request for meeting on GE-Hitachi facility

- GE Hitachi

- Facility located at 1025 Lansdowne Avenue at Dupont St. in Toronto

- meeting TBD in December 2013



Another No Nuke Victory:  Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant to Close in 2014

Laura Beans


Fierce Energy

Nuclear sending shock waves through Wall Street

Barbara Vergetis Lundin


Bayshore Broadcasting

No Need to Dump Nuclear Fuel

John Divinski

Dr. Peter Ottensmeyer

Fast neutron reactors (FNR)


EcoWatch / Michael Leonardi

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump

Michael Leonardi



Orthodox Environmentalists Don’t Want You to See My Environmental Film

Robert Stone

Maybe nuclear is the way to go


Toronto Star

Third Ontario nuclear waste site possible

John Spears




Canada to make nuclear operators pay more for accidents

Peter N. Henderson


EcoWatch /

Neighbors for an Ohio Valley Alternative

Nuclear Dominoes Fall in California and Kentucky

Geoffrey Sea

Part 5 of series ; part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4



What’s delaying the WHO report on Iraqi birth defects?

Dr. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani


International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH)

New Binational Great Lakes Nuclear Map Identifies “Nuclear Hot Spots”



CTV News

Skullduggery alleged over mayors' 'secret' nuclear-waste storage meetings

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press


Toronto Star

Aging Pickering nuclear plant seeks five more years

John Spears

Critics say it should be closed.


EcoWatch /

Neighbors for an Ohio Valley Alternative

Stiffed USEC Sues Feds in Nuclear Slugfest

Geoffrey Sea

Part 4 of series


EcoWatch /

Neighbors for an Ohio Valley Alternative

Breaking: Uranium Enrichment Ends at Paducah

Geoffrey Sea

Part 3 of series


EcoWatch /

Neighbors for an Ohio Valley Alternative

Slow Cooker at Paducah Comes to a Boil

Geoffrey Sea

Part 2 of series; cannot be entirely predicted because no gaseous diffusion plant contaminated with transuranics has ever been powered down dirty before


EcoWatch /

Neighbors for an Ohio Valley Alternative

Countdown to Nuclear Ruin at Paducah

Geoffrey Sea

Part 1 of series; a semi-clean power-down has cost billions of dollars and has taken twelve years plus


Real Clear Science

Video:  Taylor Wilson:  My Radical Plan for Small Nuclear Fission Reactors (13 mins)

Taylor Wilson



Human Chain Reaction to Stop Nuclear Power Now

GE Hitachi Uranium Fuel Processing Plant, 1025 Lansdowne Ave., north of Dupont St.

@ noon

Goal is to ring the plant with a human chain to build awareness

(FB event)


Earth Policy Institute

Wind Surpasses Nuclear: Proof Positive Renewables Can Power the Planet

J. Matthew Roney


Nuclear News

Iran nuclear explosion Jan. 21 – radiation now leaking

Reza Kahlili


Council of Canadians

NEWS: High-level nuclear waste to be transported by truck near Lake Ontario this summer



National Post

Bomb-grade uranium to be shipped secretly from Chalk River, ON nuclear plant to U.S.

Ian MacLeod

- highly-enriched uranium (HEU) in a liquid solution


SurgicalScience28 – Earth Focus Documentary

Video:  Nuclear Power: Risks and Consequences

40:44 minutes

Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima


Daily Caller

Wind subsidies threaten to shut down nuclear plants, warns energy exec



Toronto Star

Protesters stop train on CP Rail tracks over Lansdowne Ave. uranium plant

Alex Ballingall



Ontarion (University of Guelph)

Concerns voiced over proposed nuclear waste dump



BBC News Europe

Russia explores old nuclear waste dumps in Arctic

Laurence Peter


Andrew Cash, NDP MP for Davenport

Petition Calling for a Public Hearing on the GE-Hitachi Facility at 1025 Lansdowne Ave

Hardcopy output only


“For the avoidance of any doubt”: Pinehouse signs “collaboration agreement” with Cameco/Areva

Scott Harris - committing Pinehouse to support uranium giants Cameco and Areva's mining operations in the region in exchange for monetary payments and promises of preferential workforce and business development opportunities in Pinehouse.


Northern Pride

Pinehouse signs with Cameco, Areva

Phil Ambroziak

Northern Saskatchewan


Radio Against Global Ecocide (RAGE)

Help!! Nuclear giant attacks small village in Northern Saskatchewan

Effort to stop signing of “collaboration agreement” between Cameco/Areva and northern Saskatchewan community Pinehouse (includes contact list)



Agreement Strengthens Relationship Between Industry and Northern Community

collaboration agreement to guide future co-operation and sharing of benefits from uranium mining operations



Straight Goods News

Uranium gag order in Pinehouse, Saskatchewan



Green Party of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan GP supports injunction against Cameco-Areva



Intercontinental Cry

Support the Court Injunction to Stop Cameco Areva Pinehouse Agreement!

John Ahni Schertow

anti-free speech clause


Toronto Star /

Uranium processing plant cracks open its doors

Niamh Scallan


Toronto Star /

Residents, company officials spar over uranium processing plant

Karissa Donkin

- GE Hitachi


Flood of public interest prompts nuclear hearing delay

John Spears



NOW Magazine

GE’s West-End secret

Saul Chernos

Toronto’s uranium pellet factory


National Post

Decaying concrete raising concerns at Canada’s aging nuclear plants

Ian MacLeod


Messy Nessy Chic

The Poisoned Paradise Island

Cold war history – US bomb testing on Bikini Atoll, Micronesian island


Global Research

Nuclear Radiation in Ontario:  Tritium Toxic Emissions have Increased Dramatically in Peterborough

Zach Ruiter


Toronto Sun

Peterborough raises radiation concerns

Sarah Deeth, QMI Agency


CBC News

SNC-Lvalin, Aecon plan $600m Darlington nuclear upgrade



Globe & Mail

Pickering nuclear plant’s water leak will have ‘no impact,’ officials say



How residents delivered a major upset to GE-Hitachi Canada’s nuclear operations

Zach Ruiter and Liat Mandel


Globe & Mail

Canada’s dirty nuclear secret

Neil Reynolds

Paul McKay


Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Environmental impact of toxi chemicals leaking into Lake Ontario #248

Cameco, Port Hope



“For anyone out there who is still wondering why it is that governments are so wedded to this inherently unsafe and unstable uranium reactor for nuclear power … it’s the underlying idea that the uranium byproducts of those reactors can be used as the fissile material for weapons.”  James Corbett (video @41:00)


“Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds”

Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer (video 2 mins)


More information:

2014 Potassium Iodide (KI) Guidelines – Emergency Management Branch, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (.pdf)

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission -

Energy From Thorium –

Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) –

Gord Edwards


Nuclear Free by 2045? Blog by Dennis Riches

Nuclear Waste Watch


Thorium Energy Alliance – /


World Nuclear Association / Canada

Youtube / The Most Radioactive Places on Earth (12mins by Veritasium)

 Taylor Wilson



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NBC News / Rock Center with Brian Williams

Taylor Wilson

Taylor Wilson


Real Clear Science

Video:  Taylor Wilson:  My Radical Plan for Small Nuclear Fission Reactors (13 mins)

Taylor Wilson




"In the long term, the economy and the environment are the same thing. If it’s unenvironmental it is uneconomical. That is the rule of nature."  Mollie Beatty (Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, 1993-1996)



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As copied from a Facebook entry on 30-May-2013:


Q.  Have accidents happened at the Pickering nuclear station?

A.  Yes. There have been a number of near misses at the Pickering nuclear station.


The following is a selection of these accidents:


Accidents at Pickering Nuclear

Pickering Reactor 2, August 1, 1983

A metre-long break ruptured a pressure tube in Pickering Reactor 2, spilling 17 kg of heavy water per second onto the floor of the reactor vault. The leak rate was gradually reduced as the coolant pressure dropped, and the the leak was stopped two weeks later. A broken fuel bundle left fuel ‘pencil’ wedged in the crack, which greatly complicated the removal of the pressure tube. Inspection of the pressure tubes at reactor 1 showed similar degradation, which resulted in the early retubing of Pickering reactors 1 and 2.


Pickering Reactor 1, November 22, 1988

A fuel failure occurred when a Pickering Reactor 1 operator, working with incorrect operating instructions, increased reactor power from 65% to 87%, causing 36 fuel bundles to fail. The breakdown of fuel bundles in the core was revealed by a sudden increase in the level of radioactive isotope iodine-131. Iodine-131 levels were at 30 times the normal release levels in the last two weeks of December 1988, and 80 times the normal release levels in the first week of January 1989. Ontario Hydro continued to operate the reactor and attempted to remove and damaged fuel bundles between January and May 1989.


Pickering Reactor 2, March 1989

Workers discovered that a 100 square cm hole had existed between the moderator purification room and the moderator room since early 1988. If a serious loss of coolant accident had occurred at some point during those fifteen months, the resulting leakage of water between these two rooms would have damaged the sump pumps, which are required to recirculate water to the Emergency Core Cooling System during a Loss of Coolant Accident.


Pickering Reactor 2, September 25, 1990

Pickering Reactor 2 experienced a “severe flux tilt” (unstable and unbalanced nuclear fission) following the insertion of an adjustor rod into the core Operators spent two days trying to stabilize the reactor by changing fuel bundles, reactor power and the configuration of the adjustor rods. The station management was reprimanded by the Atomic Energy Control Board for not shutting the reactor down right away. A second flux tilt occurred at the same reactor in November 1990, only two months later.


Pickering Reactor 4, November 1990

Moderator room pumps were found seized up at Pickering reactor 4. This situation was estimated to have disabled the Emergency Core Cooling System of that reactor for the previous 11 months. Had a Loss of Cooling Accident occurred during that time, the pumps would not have performed their crucial function of recirculating the water to the Emergency Core Cooling System to keep the fuel from melting.


Pickering “A” and “B”, 1990

During a test of the containment system at Pickering that is carried out only once every ten years, a seal on the Pressure Relief Duct failed at about one half the pressure it was designed to withstand. It was estimated that containment at the Pickering site was inadequate for 7.5 years prior to the test which revealed the weak seal. Work on the seals was not completed until June 1995. This could have allowed serious radiation releases in the event of an accident.


Pickering Reactor 4, June 1991

A faulty valve on a steam generator resulted in a 15,000 litre leak of heavy water at reactor 3. the reactor was just being re-started following retubing work carried out over the previous two years. While it was reported that no water leaked out of the steam generator area into Lake Ontario, there were airborne releases of tritium (a radioactive form of hydrogen) in the four hours immediately following the accident.


Pickering Reactor 1, August 2 1992

A heat exchanger was damaged by debris from a broken strainer, spilling over 2,000 litres of radioactive heavy water into Lake Ontario. The spill began at about 1:30 a.m. and lasted for 6 hours. The problem was not noticed by Ontario Hydro staff until 4:50 a.m., and was not stopped for an additional one and a half hours.

This was the largest single tritium spill ever to occur at Pickering. Sampling of local drinking water for tritium revealed significant increases, despite dilution over four days and the five kilometers of waterfront between the Pickering reactors and the Ajax water supply facility, the closest municipal water intake. The Ajax water plant was not shut down at the time, and the public was not notified, so those at most risk (pregnant women and young children) did not have the option of avoiding contaminated drinking water.


Pickering Reactor 4, April 15, 1996

A leaking heat exchanger spilled 100 litres of radioactive heavy water into Lake Ontario. The leak was discovered at 9:40 p.m. and was halted two hours later at 11:50 p.m. As a result of the spill, Durham Region shut down Ajax water treatment plant for about 24 hours.


Pickering Stations A and B, April 16, 1996

Workers discovered a malfunctioning valve associated with the Emergency Core Cooling System. After delaying several days (while former Prime Minister Chrétien was promoting CANDU reactors in Eastern Europe), Ontario Hydro announced the first unscheduled shutdown of all eight reactors at both Pickering nuclear stations. The shutdown took place on April 20 and 21. Hydro said that it expected to take about ten days to repair the safety system.


Pickering Nuclear Station, August 14, 2003 - At the time of the great blackout in eastern North America on August 14, 2003, the Pickering B reactors # 5, 6 and 8 were operating at or near full power and reactor # 7 was being restarted following a planned maintenance outage. Pickering A reactor # 4 was just being started up after being shut down since 1997, and was operating at 12% power, but was not synchronized to the grid.


A significant design flaw in the Pickering station’s emergency shutdown system was underscored by the blackout. The U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force noted that “[e]quipment problems and design limitations at Pickering B resulted in a temporary reduction in the effectiveness of some of the multiple safety barriers…”.


Most notably, the Pickering station’s Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS), which is used in the case of a Loss of Coolant Accident was designed to operate from grid supplied electricity. When the Pickering nuclear station was disconnected from the grid, the ECCS was unavailable for approximately 5.5 hours, meaning that it would have been impossible to replace coolant if a Large Loss of Coolant Accident (LLOCA) had occurred during that time.


Several emergency low pressure and high pressure water pumps used for cooling also failed to operate as intended. Operators were required to intervene manually to ensure safe shutdown.


Because of the serious problems with the ECCS during the blackout, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission staff rated the emergency shutdown of the Pickering station as a Level 2 incident on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

Pickering B, December 26, 2003 - It was discovered Emergency Core Cooling System would have been unavailable in the case of a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) and Loss of Electricity Supply (LOBES) incident because of a problem with the Site Electrical System. The system was unavailable for 7 hour and 38 minutes.





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962. 1989, 9th August - PICKERING, CANADA

A Canadian mechanic was exposed to six times the yearly legal radiation limit in an accident at the Pickering nuclear plant on 9th August 1989. Another worker who was standing nearby was also exposed. The workers were replacing a radioactive control rod, which is moved in or out of a reactor to control the nuclear process, when a radiation detection device one of the men was holding went off scale. It was later discovered that the equipment being used by the men was designed for training and did not contain lead, which shields workers from radiation.

("The Oshawa Times" Canada 14/8/89; WISE-318 29/9/89).



Exposure to radiation on the job was the most probable cause of death of an Ontario nuclearplant worker, according to a spokesman for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. A second worker at a nuclear plant has won a disability award for cancer believed to have been caused or aggravated by radiation. Both victims had been long-time employees at the A.E.C.L. nuclear reactor research centre at Chalk River, Ontario, near Ottawa. The two victims developed typical radiation related cancers, though they never received more than the maximum permissible dose of radiation during their years at Chalk River. Both received Ontario Workers Compensation Board Awards in 1982 based on A.E.C.L. acknowledgement to the Board that their radiation exposure was a possible or contributing cause of their cancers.

("The Canberra Times" 6/3/1982)



A bomb blew up part of the Litton Systems Canada plant which makes components for Cruise

missiles. ("West Australian" 16th October 1982)


835. 1987, October - CANADA

Radioactive contamination of dirt and asphalt in a parking lot in northeast Calgary, was

discovered by the Canadian Atomic Energy Control Board. A spokesman said the

contamination poses no health hazard "because it is in a parking lot". ("Toronto Star"

(Canada) 7 act 1987)



This Westinghouse-designed and -fuelled reactor contained 2,000 fuel rods, 40 of which were bent or crushed. (N. Thieberger Op.Cit. p.5)


328. 1979, 25th July, ONTARIO, CANADA

Plant shut near Bruce, Ontario, after 90,000 litres of heavy water leaked. (W.I.S.E. Ibid)



Deaths from lung cancer probably caused by uranium mining operations in Ontario are still taking place almost monthly according to a United Steelworkers of America employee. HOMER SEQUIN made the charge in front of a B.C. Royal Commission into Uranium Mining. Sequin alleged that 81 lung cancer deaths were attributable to uranium operations at Elliot Lake where Denison Hines Ltd. had been operating since the 1950's according to union records. Up to 14th March 1975, 496 present or former Elliot Lake mine and surface workers were identified as having lung disabilities in whole or in part as the direct result of dust exposure in the uranium industry. Sequin said "spills and breaks which spew contaminants into the environment happen all too frequently... the affected Serpent River watershed remains destroyed". (International Nuclear News Service, No.12 p.25)


604. 1983, August - CANADA

3,700 litres of radioactive tritium leaked into Lake Huron and Lake Ontario from Canadian nuclear power stations. ("Financial Review"; "The Age" 8/8/1983)

605. 1983,


611. 1983, October - ONTARIO, CANADA

A nuclear reactor in Ontario will be closed for at least 10 days after springing a leak. The reactor was only opened 6 months ago. ("Daily News" 31/10/1983) - [now, which one could this be?]


837. 1987, October - CANADA

An environment ministry official in Canada says the town of Port Hope, Ontario is

"walking a tight rope" as sewage treatment plant officials wait for a place to dump

uranium-tainted sludge. The contamination is due to uranium that has leaked from the

Altered Resources Ltd refinery. The untreated sewage is in danger of flowing over a

weir toward Lake Ontario. The uranium was discovered in the sewers 2 years ago, and

has built up to more than 75,000 cubic feet since then. ("The Star" (Ontario) 7 October



1000. 1990, 23rd January - BRUCE A, CANADA

Software caused fuelling accident. AECB says that "a long standing error" in the computer software that controls the fuelling machine at the Bruce A. nuclear station in Ontario is responsible for the accident on 23 January at the station's unit 4. (12 metric tons of heavy water coolant had spilled into the reactor vault after all four brakes on the fuelling machine bridge were suddenly released during the fuelling process. ("Nucleonics Week" 31/5/90;

WISE-335 6/7/90)


1001. 1990, 23 January - ONTARIO, CANADA

About 12,000 litres of heavy water coolant spilled into the reactor vault at Bruce reactor Unit no 4. The accident was caused by a fuelling machine which did not properly connect onto a fuel channel. ("Nuclear Awareness" Canada, Winter 1989/90; WISE 329 2/90)


10. 1952, 12th December - NRX CHALK RIVER, CANADA

First major reactor accident. Human error. Technician opened three or four valves and the resultant heat release melted some of the uranium fuel and boiled some of the coolant. The reactor core was nearly demolished by the explosions and much radioactivity was emitted.

(Sources: Penelope Coleing for M.A.U.M./S. Novick. The Careless Atom, Delta books, NY 1969).



Irradiated fuel element broke and plant caught fire. Two months of intense contamination followed. 400,000 square metres around the building were contaminated. (sources:"Accidents, Near Accidents And Leaks in the Nuclear Industry", Penelope Coleing for Sydney M.A.U.M.; Jean Geue A.A.B.C. "Les Amis de la Terre" L'escroquerie nucleaire.

Stock 1978 France.)


234. 1976, July - PORT HOPE, CANADA

Discovery that in Port Hope, Canada, which was built on uranium waste landfill, radiation levels in some buildings are 100 times more than safe. Bone marrow abnormalities found in town residents. (Nucleus, 25th July, 1979, p.18; Craw Doo Dah Gazette, August, 1976)


266. 1978, January - U.S.S.R. IN NORTHERN CANADA

The nuclear powered Soviet Satellite Cosmos 954 fell out of its orbit and plunged into the tundra of Northern Canada spreading radioactive material over a wide area. It contained a specially designed nuclear reactor which was fuelled by 100 lbs of Uranium 235, with an explosive power five times the force of Hiroshima. Launched on 18th September, 1977, the 954 was ill-fated from the beginning. The radioactive debris was not discovered in initial searches. DR. ROGER EATEN of the Atomic Energy Control Board warned residents of Fort Resolution not to use the top layer of snow for making tea and not to eat the bone marrow of game animals. "One orbit in the final unstable minutes could have caused it to strike near New York City". No official information has ever been released as to the purpose of the satellite. There is about half a ton of enriched uranium and a hundred or more pounds of plutonium circling overhead today. The Russians have 11 reactor models flying and the Americans have nine vehicles in orbit. (Burleson, p.243) 6 satellites have already made their re-entry complete with their nuclear centres. The dangers of nuclear-powered satellites are that the upper atmosphere could be contaminated over a wide area and on re-entry large areas could be contaminated by radiation. (Nucleus, 14/6/1978; Burleson, C.W., "The Day the Bomb Fell", Great Britain, 1980, pp 227-245).



Quebec's only nuclear power Station shut down indefinitely. Hugh Spence of the Atomic

Energy Control Board said that this reactor was fraught with problems from the beginning. "It is possible that Gentilly 1 will have to be closed permanently. The generating plant condemned by some scientists as a 'lemon' has functioned for only 10 days since opening in May, 1977". "West Australian" 11/7/1979)


378. 1979 - CANADA

A French Government/Rothchild owned multi-national corporation aptly named Amok has been given full permission by the Saskatchewan Government to develop one of the richest known uranium deposits near Carawell Lake. The rights of the Dene Indians who have treaty rights to the land have been ignored. The Government has refused to negotiate with them.

(W.I.S.E. No.4 p.9)


539. 1981, September - CANADA

The Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, representing over 200 groups throughout Canada, called on Prime Minister Trudeau to establish a one million dollar Atomic Veterans Defence Fund. The appeal was triggered by the April 14 decision of the Canadian Pension Commission in the Bjarnie Paulson case. At that time, the Pension Commission refused to grant compensation to Paulson, a veteran of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces who had been suffering for 15 years from multiple skin cancers and other ailments which he claims were caused by radioactive contamination in 1958. Mr Paulson was one of 600 men ordered to

assist in a radioactive clean-up operation at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories following a major accident at a nuclear reactor there. (W.I.S.E. Vol.3 No.4 September 1981 p.6)


748. 1986, 6th October - CANADA / U.S.S.R.

In the winter of 1978, a nuclear powered Soviet spy satellite plunged out of the sky sprinkling radioactive debris across northern Canada. The Ottawa Government presented the Soviet Union with a cleaning up bill for about $__ million. Two years later the Soviet Union agreed to pay $__ million. However, in the wake of the Chernobyl accident and the larger scale of contamination it released, Moscow has refused any compensation to the West. ("The Sydney Morning Herald" 7/10/86)


868. 1988, 9th February - ROBERT E. GINNA, CANADA

A worker at the Robert E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant fell inside the containment area,

injuring his back and suffering what the utility that runs the plant says is minor radiation exposure. ("Montreal Gazette" 10 February 1988)


894. 1988, June - VARENNES, CANADA

A company in Varennes, Canada has temporarily stopped selling radioactive waste as landfill because, says director of the plant Jacques Bureau, news reports about the practice have worried people in the area. 'We're doing this', he went on to say 'out of respect for the people here, but we hope to start selling the material again soon.' According to a Canadian Environment Department official, the waste is five times more radioactive than the minimum level at which a product can qualify as a "toxic waste" under provincial and federal regulations. ("Montreal Gazette" 19/6/88, WISE NC300, 21/10/88)


926. 1988, 8th December - CHALK RIVER, CANADA

An estimated 500 litres of heavy water spilled into the Ottawa River at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories in Canada. The river supplies drinking water to Canada's capital city, Ottawa, and surrounding communities. ("Edmonton Journal" Canada 17/12/88; WISE-305 20/1/89).


931. 1988, 27th October - DARLINGTON, CANADA

Barely three weeks after start up, the Darlington Tritium Recover Facility in Canada had its first tritium accident. On 27th October a spill of tritium gas into three unoccupied rooms at the facility ceased the evacuation of the entire plant. According to a utility spokesman, workers were not exposed and the tritium 'puff', as he described it, did not get into the environment. Nevertheless, the facility was shut down. Whether the shutdown was because of the "puff" or for other reasons is still unknown. ("Nuclear Awareness Project Newsletter" Canada, Fall 1988; WISE-305 20/1/89).


982. 1989, October - DARLINGTON, CANADA

In early October, a mix-up resulted in operations workers mistakenly putting Tritiumcontaminated heavy water into the heat transport system of the Unit 2 reactor at the Darlington nuclear station in Canada. ("The Anti-Nuclear Review" Canada Summer/Fall

1989; WISE-322 1/12/89)


984. 1989, 7th November - RABBIT LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA

A leak of about two million litres (about two thousand cubic metres) of radioactive and heavy metal contaminated water, enough to fill three olympic-size swimming pools, occurred at the Rabbit Lake uranium mine and mill area in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. The water burst from a faulty valve on a 10km long pipeline that carries run off and ground water seepage from the Collin's Bay open pit uranium mine to the Rabbit Lake uranium mill. The water had spilled 300 meters towards Collin's Creek which flows into Collin's Bay on Wollaston Lake. When the radioactivity and heavy metals reach the creek there will be a risk of contamination of a whitefish spawning area. The mill, however significant in itself, is small in relation to the spread of contamination from the routine operation of the mill and mines in the area. The mill releases over seven million litres of waste per day which eventually flows into Wollaston Lake. The water first flows through two settling ponds which together have a maximum holding capacity of only 16 days of mill operation. The water still contains dangerous levels of radioactivity and heavy metals after passing through the settling ponds. (The spill was not noticed for 14 hours - even though there were three Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB) inspectors on the site). ("Survival Office Saskatchewan"; "Saskatoon Star Phoenix", Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 9 and 11/11/89; "Edmonton Journal" Edmonton, Nov 89; WISE 322 1/12/89).


996. 1981-1989 - SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA

A total of 153 spills have been reported at three uranium mines in Saskatchewan Canada since mid 1981. Amoc mining reported 62 spills, Cameco 48 and Key Lake 43. (Three quarters of these are estimated to be radioac...See More


1006. 1990, 11-17 February - POINT LEPREAUT, CANADA

Between 11-17 February Canada's Point Lepreaut took what "Nucleonics Week" calls a

'forced outage in order to repair a crack in the boiler (steam generator) feedwater system in the rear reactor downcomer to system suction'. ("Nucleonics Week" (US) 6/4/90; WISE333 1/6/90)


1017. 1990, 13th May - BLIND RIVER, CANADA

Leak shuts down Canadian refinery. Approx. 178kg of radioactive uranium dust leaked from CAMECO's Blind River Uranium Refinery into the air over a 30 hour period during the week of 13 May. The filter system was bypassed accidentally and officials are unsure whether it was a mechanical or human error. ("Nuclear Awareness News" Canada, Spring 1990; WISE335 6/7/90 )



Irradiated fuel element broke and plant caught fire. Two months of intense contamination followed. 400,000 square metres around the building were contaminated. (sources: "Accidents, Near Accidents And Leaks in the Nuclear Industry", Penelope Coleing for Sydney M.A.U.M.; Jean Geue A.A.B.C. "Les Amis de la Terre" L'escroquerie nucleaire. Stock 1978 France.)