Safe And Green Energy (SAGE)

Safe And Green Energy (SAGE)
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)

April 04, 2011 14:30 ET

OPG Darlington Nuclear Newbuild EA Submission Falls Short

COURTICE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 4, 2011) - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has not met the requirements of the Darlington nuclear newbuild environmental assessment process. This is the conclusion of a report presented today by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) to the federal Darlington nuclear newbuild licensing hearings.

The CELA report outlined serious breaches of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) in OPG's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as presented to the Darlington nuclear newbuild Joint Review Panel (JRP). The report, prepared for the Peterborough environmental group Safe And Green Energy (SAGE), argues that alternatives such as wind, solar and conservation must be considered by OPG as possible replacements for the Darlington project. In addition, CELA made the case that OPG must demonstrate that the proposed nuclear reactors at Darlington are actually needed to supply Ontario with electricity. According to CELA, OPG has failed to satisfy these points in their submission to the JRP and has therefore not met the requirements of the CEAA.

A supporting presentation and report developed by the Pembina Institute shows that a combination of non-nuclear alternatives can satisfy Ontario's electricity needs, now and in the foreseeable future. Recent contributions by renewable energy projects facilitated by the Ontario Green Energy and Economy Act (GEEA) call the need of the Darlington nuclear newbuild project further into question. CELA argues that the possibilities created by the GEEA around renewables should be considered within the scope of Darlington environmental assessment.

"The necessity of the Darlington project must be stringently challenged within this environmental assessment process", said Theresa McClenaghan of CELA.

The Darlington nuclear newbuild site licensing hearings are in their third week in Courtice, Ontario.

Prepared by John Etches

Contact Information

  • For further information including a copy of the CELA report,
    Canadian Environmental Law Association
    Theresa McClenaghan
    416-960-2284 ext. 219
    Safe And Green Energy Peterborough
    John Etches