September 05, 2005 10:30 ET

Shut Down Gentilly-2 Reactor

Greenpeace call for phase out of nuclear power Attention: Environment Editor, Energy Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 5, 2005) - Activists from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, accompanied by local supporters in a flotilla of small boats, placed a banner at Quebec's only nuclear plant, Gentilly-2. Despite strong opposition to nuclear power in Quebec, Hydro Quebec wants to rebuild the 23-year old CANDU reactor at a cost of $1.2 to $2.3 billion, instead of replacing it with green energy. Greenpeace is calling for it to be shut down in 2010.

"During the last election Jean Charest said that the Quebec Liberal Party was against nuclear power. It's time for the government to deliver on that promise." said Greenpeace Climate Campaigner Steven Guilbeault. "The shutdown of Gentilly-2 would make Quebec a world leader in sustainable energy."

Greenpeace activists in inflatable boats from the Arctic Sunrise came to the St. Lawrence shoreline of the Hydro-Quebec reactor sit, with mock barrels of radioactive waste and placed a banner near the reactor building reading: "Phase Out Nuclear Power - or our children will pay... and their children and their children, and their children, and their children, etc."

"There are already 2500 tonnes of high-level radioactive waste at Gentilly that will be toxic for a million years. Rebuilding the reactor would double Quebec's deadly legacy for future generations." said Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace Energy Campaigner

Greenpeace, along with other Quebec groups, is calling for Premier Jean Charest to permanently shut down Gentilly-2 in 2010, and minimally order an environmental assessment of nuclear hazards and energy alternatives by the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE).

"Quebec has no need for nuclear power, and should free itself from the risk of nuclear meltdown. Green energy is cleaner, safer and cheaper. " said Michel Fugere of Mouvement Vert Mauricie.

According to a poll commissioned by Greenpeace in 2004, nuclear power is supported by less than 10% of Quebecers. Hydro-Quebec has admitted that Gentilly-2 cannot be operated safely beyond 2010. The reactor began commercial operation in October 1983, and is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, about 5 km east of Becancour and about 10 km east of east of Trois Rivieres. It produces only about 3% of Quebec's electricity.

Also available on our web site : :
(a) Gentilly leaflet
(b) letter to Jean Charest
(c) Arctic Sunrise background

Photos available on PR direct site

/For further information: Clode de Guise, Responsable des communications, cell: 514-212-5749
Steven Guilbeault, Responsable de la campagne climat et energie, cell: 514-231-2650
Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Responsable de la campagne energie, cell: 416-884-7053
Michel Fugere, Mouvement Vert Mauricie, tel: 819-532-2073/ IN: ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT

Contact Information

  • Clode de Guise
    Primary Phone: 514-212-5749