Canada – Federal Court denies approval of new nuclear reactors due to safety and environmental factors

Canadians stop new nukes in their tracks: “I think most Canadians would agree with Justice Russell that we have a responsibility to fully consider the risks of managing radioactive waste for hundreds of thousands of years before we produce more.  This is a sensible and prudent judgment,” said Brennain Lloyd with Northwatch.


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Published on May 15, 2014 by Allie Kosela.

Toronto, May 15 2014 – Environmentalists are applauding a landmark Federal Court ruling that puts the brakes on building expensive and risky new nuclear reactors in Ontario.

“The Federal Court has thrown out the approvals for building new reactors at Darlington.  This is a win for Canadians’ right to meaningfully participate in environmental reviews and understand the risks of nuclear power,” said Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA).

In his ruling, released on May 14, Justice Russell agreed with environmental groups that a federal environmental review panel wrongly recommended approval of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) proposal to build up to four new reactors at the Darlington without first examining the environmental effects of radioactive fuel waste, a Fukushima-type accident, and hazardous emissions. 

Lawyers from Ecojustice and CELA represented Lake Ontario Waterkeeper…

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