Premier Doug Ford’s support for Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) proposal to extend the operating life of the geriatric Pickering Nuclear Station to 2025 is reckless and financially irresponsible. Pickering is the 4th oldest (and 5th largest) nuclear plant in North America. It is surrounded by more people – 2.2 million within 30 km – than any other nuclear station on the continent. The Government of Ontario does not have a plan to evacuate those millions of GTA residents in the event of a serious nuclear accident. The erroneous emergency alert sent in January about an accident at the plant demonstrated all too well how unprepared we are for a real emergency at the Pickering Nuclear Station. A Fukushima-level accident at Pickering could cause 26,000 cancers and a $125 billion loss in housing values.
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