Archive for July, 2010

Shipping Nuclear Waste on the Great Lakes

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Bruce Power has announced plans to ship 16 old generators from the Bruce Plant to Sweden for recycling. The 100 tonne generators will be loaded onto a ship in the Port of Owen Sound for their passage through the Great Lakes, then on to Sweden. 90% of the material in the generators will be recycled, with the balance returned to the Bruce Plant to store as low level nuclear waste. The Mayor of Owen Sound, Sarnia, and others have expressed concerns, and believe the plan needs careful study. I think there are legitimate concerns and questions that need to be answered before this plan to move toxic material is approved.

On Electricity Pricing

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Our electricity generating plants are old. The coal and nuclear plants were built between the late 60’s and the 1980’s. Some of them need replacing, as the cost to keep them operating is becoming too high. (more…)

Change in Ground Mount MicroFIT Program

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The Ontario Power Authority has proposed a major change to the MicroFIT program, and it has people hopping mad. The MicroFIT program is part of the Province’s Feed In Tariff program that allows people to generate power and sell it back to the grid. The OPA has proposed to reduce the tariff for ground mounted photo voltaic arrays to 58.8 cents/kWh from 80.2.

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Gideon Forman, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment made a presentation at the monthly meeting of the Bruce Peninsula Environment Group (BPEG). The topic was the impact of wind turbines on human health. It made for a lively evening.

On Birds

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Wind turbines sometimes come under criticism for killing birds. While it is true that wind turbines kill some birds, the average turbine kills about 2 birds per year. This number needs to be kept in perspective. For ecologists, it isn’t the death of an individuals that matters – all living things will die someday. It is the impact on populations that matters. A recent story on the possible impact on birds in the US Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil spill may help to provide perspective.