New York State To Replace Nuclear Station With Water Power From Quebec

“Why you would allow Indian Point (Nuclear Station) to continue to operate defies common sense, planning and basic sanity.” – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

“Contrast that to the reaction of the (Ontario) Wynne Government to Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) plan to seek a 10-year license extension for the Pickering Nuclear Station.” –          Ontario Clean Air Alliance

News from Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance

Posted January 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

New York State has reached a deal to shut down the 40-year-old Indian Point Nuclear Station, located less than 30 miles north of New York City, on the basis that it is too close to a large urban area.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo starts closing curtains on nuclear energy. Will Ontario ever do the same?

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo starts closing curtains on nuclear energy. Will Ontario ever do the same?

To New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, closing the aging plant was the only reasonable option, despite the request by Indian Point’s owner for a 20-year license extension: “Why you would allow Indian Point to continue to operate defies common sense, planning and basic sanity.” The state government has so little faith in the wisdom of continuing to operate Indian Point that it has also demanded additional safety inspections and more independent review of plant operations.

Contrast that to the reaction of the Wynne Government to Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) plan to seek a 10-year license extension for the Pickering Nuclear Station. Pickering is actually older than Indian Point. And there are twice as many people living within 30 km of Pickering than live within the same distance from Indian Point (2.2 million versus 1.1 million).

Despite a situation that should be ringing alarm bells at Queen’s Park – just as Indian Point raised alarms in the New York state capital – the Wynne Government is passively signing off on OPG’s request to extend the life of North America’s 4th oldest nuclear station (and one of its most expensive to operate) which is located right on Toronto’s doorstep.

New York moves to close giant Indian Point Nuclear Plant along Hudson River between Albany and New York City

New York moves to close giant Indian Point Nuclear Plant along Hudson River between Albany and New York City

It’s a study in contrasts, with one government actively seeking to replace an old and dangerous nuclear station with low-cost water power imports from Quebec, and the other clinging to a dinosaur that threatens the safety of millions of people.

If you think Ontario should learn from New York, close the Pickering nuclear station in 2018 when its license expires and replace it with low cost water power from Quebec, please sign our Close-Pickering.ca petition now. And please pass it onto your friends.

Thank you and Happy New Year! – Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director

For more information on the deal New York State reached to shut down this nuclear power facility, click on – http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/09/nyregion/cuomo-indian-point-nuclear-plant.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&rref=nyregion&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=N.Y.%20/%20Region&pgtype=article&_r=0 .

About the Ontario Clean Air Alliance – The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a coalition of over 90 organizations that represent more than six million Ontarians.   We led the successful campaign to phase-out Ontario’s five dirty coal-fired power plants.   We are now working to move Ontario towards a 100% renewable electricity future through an integrated combination of energy conservation and efficiency, water power imports from Quebec and cost-effective Made-in-Ontario green energy.

For more on the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, click on – http://www.cleanairalliance.org/ .

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4 responses to “New York State To Replace Nuclear Station With Water Power From Quebec

  1. A 10-year extension! They’re nuts!

    My greatest fears:
    – constantly rising hydro rates (18% predicted next year alone) will drive many more employers across the Niagara River to buy cheap hydro in Western New York.

    – by the time Ontario admits they should retire our failed CANDU Nuclear plants and buy from Hydro Québec, all of Québec’s surplus will have been sold to New York and there won’t be any available for us.

    Too bad only the Green Party is r ally promoting Nuclear retirement….

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  2. The ideology of this Ontario Corporate Liberal Government makes one wonder who is really the masters. Instead of years ago buying into Quebec offer of low cost Electrical energy this Government seems to be completely governed by Corporate interests whose agenda is basically to enhancing the Profit and Loss statement on the backs of the Blue Collared, the disabled and the needy.
    The decision of New York’s Governor Cuomo not to extend the Operation life of the Indian Point Nuclear Power and in essence Shut it down while buying Cheap Hydro Power from Quebec is in itself evidence of intelligent planning………. where as Ontario is still operating (Stupidly) as a Corporate controlled agent of stagnation where the status quo and the Bottom line on a Profit and Loss Statement operate hand in hand…….This Corporate owned and Controlled government does not act or re-act in the interest of the people but seems to completely ignore the essence of a Democratic Government System.
    In my OPINION enough is too much and this Liberal Government has to Go BUT before we get another Corporate majority Dictatorship WE MUST demand a referendum and the present FIRST PAST THE POST System must be eliminated …and PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION must be implemented to Prevent Dictatorial EMPIRES (as in the past with majority Governments) from ever controlling this PROVINCE again…..

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    • Mr Somers…..You have hit the nail on the head. Only electoral reform will allow all parties to be heard in order to present and balance all options and hopefully make them responsible to the people who pay their salaries…us ….not Bay Street.

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  3. One must remember that Premier Wynne takes marching orders from the “Bay Street Boys”. In the eyes of Wynne, Ontario is not a democracy, if it were, Wynne would listen to Ontarians. During her mandate, the Wynne Government is an oligarchy. Its interests is to make profits at the expense of Ontarians.

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