Canada is the world's largest exporter of uranium and operates nuclear reactors including on the Great Lakes. Attempts are underway to introduce nuclear power to the province of Alberta and to use nuclear reactors to power oil extraction from the tar sands.



Critics accuse nuclear safety official of acting as industry cheerleader

As reported by Gloria Galloway in an article in The Globe and Mail entitled "Critics accuse nuclear safety official of acting as industry cheerleader":

Opposition politicians and environmentalists are questioning the priorities of the man responsible for nuclear safety in Canada after a string of incidents in which he publicly defended the industry and was dismissive of concerns about potential hazards – a stance that runs contrary to his mandate at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

The CNSC was established by the federal government to protect the health and safety of Canadians and to regulate the use, possession and storage of all nuclear substances in Canada. No part of its mission entails promotion of the country’s reactors. But, in the more than eight years that Michael Binder has served as president of the CNSC, he has repeatedly extolled the merits of the nuclear industry and chastised critics who voiced concerns about potential hazards. [see entire article here]

This news article followed a letter, signed by a binational coalition of environmental groups, including Beyond Nuclear, to the Canadian federal Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, who has oversight on the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The coalition letter, sent on Oct. 11th, was spearheaded by Ziggy Kleinau, of the Bruce Peninsula Environment Group. (See the French language version of the coalition letter, here.)

 The letter stemmed from a scathing report by the Canadian Federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, regarding significant failures by the CNSC to do its job to protect public health, safety and the environment from nuclear power's risks. Given the two highest CNSC officers' acknowledgment of the accuracy of the Canadian Federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development's report, and their refusal to tender their resignations, the environmental coalition urged Minster Carr to relieve the two CNSC leaders of their duties.

See The Globe and Mail's coverage of the Canadian Federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development's scathing report about CNSC's failures, here.

Beyond Nuclear -- a "serial intervenor" in the words of the CNSC -- has been involved in many Canadian nuclear proceedings over the past decade. This has included butting heads with CNSC staff, Commissioners, and even its President -- Dr. Binder himself -- on numerous ocassions!


Canadian Highly Radioactive Liquid Waste truck shipments to South Carolina (potentially through numerous states) formally delayed -- SRS Watch & Canadian news of Oct. 3


Nuclear-safety agency not adequately inspecting power plants, watchdog says

As reported by Gloria Galloway in an article entitled "Nuclear-safety agency not adequately inspecting power plants, watchdog says" appearing in The Globe and Mail:

The federal agency charged with ensuring the safety of Canada’s nuclear power plants is unable to prove that it is inspecting those facilities often or thoroughly enough or that it has the number of staff required to do the job, says a new report by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development.

The audit released by the commissioner, Julie Gelfand, on Tuesday as part of her fall report calls into question whether the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), which is often accused by environmentalists of being too close to the industry it was established to monitor, is providing proper oversight of the country’s nuclear reactors. [Read the entire article here.]


Commemorating the Fermi 1 meltdown, 50 years later

John G. Fuller's iconic 1975 book "We Almost Lost Detroit" helped open many eyes to the dangers of nuclear powerNext Wednesday, Beyond Nuclear is joining with grassroots environmental allies in southeast Michigan to mark the 50th anniversary of the Oct. 5, 1966 partial meltdown of the infamous Fermi Unit 1 plutonium breeder reactor located on the shore of Lake Erie.

The Fermi nuclear power plant is located just eight miles from Amherstburg, Ontario across the Canadian border.

In the form of our "Freeze Our Fukushimas" and "Got KI?" campaigns, the lessons that should have been learned from this close call with catastrophe, that endangered the Great Lakes, and countless numbers of people downwind and downstream, will be applied to resisting ongoing operations at Fermi 2 (a Fukushima Daiichi twin design), as well as seeking to block the proposed new Fermi 3 reactor.  More


Action Alert - Due Aug 29, 2016 - Letter of Support to Nominate Radionuclides as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes under the GLWQA

The Great LakesDear Colleagues,

Fe de Leon at the Canadian Environmental Law Association has asked us to circulate the action alert below. Apologies for the short notice, but please note that letters of support even after the August 29th deadline would still be valuable. If your group was one of the 110 organizations that already signed on last March, you don't need to send another letter of support now. (See the link above to check if your group already signed on in March, if you don't remember.) But if your group has not yet signed on, this is your organization's chance to do a letter of support and help this important cause in that way.
Please take action as soon as you can, and spread the word to other organizations which and individuals who would be interested. Note that whatever source the radioactivity comes from -- uranium mines, uranium mills, uranium processing facilities, nuclear fuel fabrication, atomic reactors, radioactive waste storage sites, radioactive waste dumps, nuclear materials and radioactive waste transports, etc., most to all of which takes place in the Great Lakes Basin, unfortunately -- this effort urges the U.S. and Canadian governments to officially address the risks as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes, under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Please take this action to protect the Great Lakes -- 84% of North America's surface fresh water, 21% of the world's surface fresh water, and drinking water supply for 40 million people in eight U.S. states, two Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations. Thanks.

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear and Don't Waste Michigan

Action Alert

Letter of Support to Nominate Radionuclides as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes under the GLWQA

Due Date: Aug 29, 2016

Dear Colleagues,  

We are sending you this email to seek your support in the nomination of radionuclides as a chemical of mutual concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA), Annex 3, Part B, Sec. 2. On March 2, 2016, over 110 organizations and advocacy groups signed an open letter to the Great Lakes Executive Committee (GLEC) Co-Chairs in support of the nomination. As Parties to the GLWQA, the United States and Canadian governments will review the nomination of radionuclides in the upcoming months. 

We would appreciate if you could share this Action Alert with your lists or members who may consider submitting a letter in support of the nomination of radionuclides under the GLWQA to the US and Canadian governments.

A letter of support would play an important role in highlighting the concern expressed by the groups which submitted the nomination for radionuclides in March 2016, and in stressing to the governments that it is critical for them to take preventive action to protect the Great Lakes from risks posed by radionuclides – through designating them as a Chemical of Mutual Concern.

The due date to send a letter of support is August 29, 2016. We appreciate that summer is a busy time for families with vacations and scheduling challenges; please be assured that if you are only able to send in your letter of support later on in September, it will still be reviewed and considered. Please keep us in BCC when sending your letter, or forward us a copy if it has already been submitted, so that we can keep track of the letters sent. 

[Linked here] you will find the NGO nomination letter signed by 110 groups along with a report prepared for CELA by John Jackson, titled “Radionuclides as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes Basin,” and a sample letter which may provide a helpful framework. We have also included copies of letters that were submitted by the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Great Lakes Fishery Commission in support of the nomination of radionuclides. 

Thank you for your consideration and support. Should you have any questions with this request, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Fe de Leon (, and 
John Jackson (

Canadian Environmental Law Association
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