Did you know that GE Hitachi has a Uranium processing factory
at Lansdowne & Dupont in Toronto??

Not many of us did, so now we are trying to find a solution.

    © Dawn Withers               

To read the original story in Now that broke the news to many of us click on this link 

To find out about & join the community group on FaceBook:

We had out first community meeting on November 15th 2012 and are currently planning the next.

At the first meeting we tried to bring in a panel to introduce the subject and educate ourselves of potential dangers. Next we are trying to compile the information we got from the meeting as well as build a Q&A page to try to answer all the questions put forward at the meeting. Keep checking back as we aim to add lots of information here. Our next meeting we will make sure we have a large Q&A forum so that everyone can speak their mind.

Interview with Dr. Jim Deutsch correcting GE's Uraniums "cientism"


Interview with Dr Helen Caldicott speaking about GE Toronto

Please note no material from this blog may be used or in anyway reproduced without prior permission ©
"There's a GE Hitachi plant that processes uranium for the Canadian nuclear industry right on Lansdowne and Dupont. You probably never heard about it because practically it's been kept a secret. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission renewed the license for that plant in 2010, knowing that there are trucks lugging radioactive material in and out of the residential area in which the plant is located. Remember that these regulatory Boards and Commission are automatically biased towards the industry they regulate until the public pressures them into actually scrutinizing anything. Even if the plant is perfectly safe, it's just not right that the residents had zero say in the license renewal. But we all know it's not perfectly safe." - Johnny Dib

VIDEO LINK to a Mini-documentary on this issue:

GE's West-End Secret - NOW piece


Stop G.E.'s West End Uranium Factory Facebook Group


How Residents Delivered a Major Upset to GE-Hitachi Canada's Nuclear Operations


Endorsed by: Ontario Clean Air Alliance

Cameco Uranium AGM Protest by Committee for Future Generations

Saskatoon Wednesday May 28 2014

"We raised our voices against the ecological damage and health impacts of the nuclear industry here and around the world, a nuclear industry in which Cameco is a significant player."

"Despite a corporate strategy that has included millions spent attempting to secure community consent in northern communities as well as the province of Saskatchewan, we are here to inform Cameco that their presence on northern Indigenous communities is not tolerated. Although Cameco has attempted for years to move public opinion in their direction through the spread of misinformation, we are challenging the myths that uranium mining and nuclear power are environmentally sound, economically viable, safe and peaceful".

Cameco has:
· Produced toxic tailings ponds and effluent releases on northern Dene and Cree lands
· Endangered the lives of workers and community members who have been misinformed on mining risks
· Made roads hazardous through the transport of toxic nuclear substances
· Increased the threat of nuclear accidents like Fukushima by supplying fuel for nuclear power plants
· Played a direct role in the accumulation of low, medium and high-level nuclear wastes to which there is no known safe storage solution.

Dan Rudka: Injured Uranium Processing Worker Abandoned by USW

"I guess that they were serious..."

Received a phone call from Toronto General Hospital, the transplant department, they gave me the dates that I will start testing to qualify for a double lung transplant. It's not that this is news, some months ago this had been discussed, and I have already had one visit to the transplant department, but todays call hit home somewhat more. 

Right now I feel that I could hold off, but twelve weeks ago this possible transplant couldn't happen soon enough. So in reality, I need this to happen because every setback the recovery is longer with complications.

And how did this get so serious, when I was doing quite well - for a nuclear exposure victim? Second time around there is no mistake in what is happening. First exposure was confusing, didn't know what was happening to me! Second time around? Most certainly I was reacting to inhalation exposure. Eventually the cause to be expected as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the medical evidence and timing support this.

Nuclear material from Cameco, in Port Hope was my first exposure. And some of this material discovered in my body was not licenced by the CNSC to be worked with by Cameco. Example, spent reactor fuel being recycled. Most certainly this material was Cameco's, which they admitted too at a CNSC hearing in Oshawa, some time later. But somehow, no one is responsible?

Even the Cameco VP of Operations that shared with me, that he had knowledge of my method of exposure!

Lungs + uranium (any isotope) = death divided by transplant = no guarantee*
*other than guaranteed shortened life expectancy, regardless of outcome.

For the last nineteen years, including future prospects,
a BIG THANK YOU to Cameco, the CNSC, and the never present Steelworkers!


-Dan Rudka


Andrew Cash - Intervention re: GE-Hitachi 1025 Lansdowne

November 15, 2013

Submission from Andrew Cash, Member of Parliament for Davenport

Last October, I, like many Davenport residents, was shocked to learn that a nuclear fuel

processing facility was operating in our community and had been for the last 50 years.

And since the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada facility at 1025 Lansdowne Ave at

Dupont Ave. is regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, an arms-length

body of the federal government, many residents came to me to share their concerns.

The facility is in the heart of one of the fastest growing residential neighbourhoods in

Toronto with condo towers being built presently right across the road from the plant.

However it isn't just new comers that didn't know or still don't know about this plant. I

have spoken directly to residents who have lived in the immediate vicinity of the plant for

forty years who had never heard about the plant or recall receiving any information ---in

forty years! As recently as six days ago I spoke to several long time residents within a

block of the facility who did not know what it manufactured.

Since last October, my provincial colleague MPP Jonah Schein and I have worked hard

to get answers and to respond to the concerns of our constituents so that they have all the

information they need to feel safe in their own homes. Residents have continued to ask us

'how could this kind of facility operate in a residential area for fifty years and none of us


When we began enquiring last fall about the facility, GE-Hitachi informed my office that

signs outside its building reading only “GE-Hitachi” were not required to have

explanatory signage. The company also told me that before November 2012, it had not

sent out flyers since 2007. Prior to its licence renewal hearings in 2010, the only process

of public information that occurred was the placing of small notices in the Toronto Star,

L’Express de Toronto, and on the Windspeaker’s page of the Aboriginal Multi-Media

Society Web site. No effort was made to communicate with residents in the languages

that are most common in the neighbourhoods surrounding the plant, namely Portuguese,

Italian, or Spanish, or in the media outlets most read by the community. I was advised

that at one time the company did carry on a dialogue with its direct neighbours through a

community consultation group, but admitted that the group was disbanded a number of

years ago.

But wasn't it a condition of GE-Hitachi's licence that it was to engage in a fulsome public

information program? Community members began to wonder how the facility's licence

could be renewed if it had failed to fulfil the key function of its public information

program— informing the public. Indeed, during a public meeting hosted by myself and

MPP Jonah Schein last December about the facility, CNSC officials indicated that that

they had not been satisfied with the degree to which GE-Hitachi Canada had complied

with the licensing requirements pertaining to its Public Information Program. However,

this didn't stop the CNSC from rejecting our request that it reopen the licence on this

basis so that the public, and especially the residents living closest to the facility could

have an opportunity for meaningful input.

What the CNSC did do was issue new regulations around Public Information and

Disclosure. These state that:

The public information program and its disclosure protocol shall be commensurate with

the public’s perception of risk and the level of public interest in the licensed activities,

which may be influenced by the complexity of the nuclear facility’s life cycle and

activities, and the risks to public health and safety and the environment perceived to be

associated with the facility and activities… The public information program shall provide

open and transparent means and access for the public to obtain desired operational,

environmental and safety information about the licensed facility or activities.

Since the community made the initial discovery of the operations of this plant, there has

indeed been a high level of public interest in the GE-Hitachi facility at 1025 Lansdowne

Ave. As mentioned above, our community requested reopening the operating licence of

the facility, soil testing from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and further public

meetings and consultation.

However, we have seen very little improvement towards the goal of informing local

residents. GE-Hitachi’s own Public Information and Disclosure Program says that

content related to public information and disclosure must “provide an overview of the

plant including address, activities”; “provide a statement on environmental, health, and

safety programs”; “describe uranium and radiation”; and several other things. However

the company does provide a disclaimer that “all information products may not contain all

program content elements.” Examples from their own works show that they regularly

omit these important elements. On a feedback flyer (page 18 of the GE Hitachi Public

Information and Disclosure Program from May 16, 2013, see attached), there is no

description of the facilities operations other than people ‘work at the facility in high-tech

and administrative positions.’ There is no mention of uranium pellets and the company’s

name is shortened to ‘GE Hitachi Canada’ as opposed to ‘GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Canada.’ How are people to provide feedback on the company and the facility if there is

no mention of what the company or facility does? Again, in its flyer for a November 19,

2013 open house (see attached), there is no indication of what the facility does or why

residents of the community should be interested in coming to the community open house.

Furthermore, their main sign at the corner of Lansdowne Ave and Brandon Ave continues

to only say ‘GE Hitachi’. No wonder for decades residents thought the company made air

conditioners or refrigerators.

Listed among the ‘primary target audiences’ in GE-Hitachi’s public information program

are local elected representatives. However, the information that has been shared with me

does not meet high standards of public information sharing, transparency and disclosure.

The first time my office had contact with the facility was in October 2012, over a year

after I was elected. Prior to that the facility had never contacted my office. We did have

several interactions with GE-Hitachi after news reports exposed the operations of the

facility in our community. However, since then, the majority of my office’s

correspondence with GE-Hitachi has been regarding initiatives that MPP Jonah Schein

and I have advocated for, including the Ontario Ministry of the Environment soil testing

and this CNSC meeting being held in Toronto. We did receive one two-page electronic

newsletter in April and notification of the November 19, 2013 open house, but overall,

the interaction has been disappointing and does not quell my concerns about the

effectiveness of the facility's public information program.

What is the purpose of a clause in GE Hitachi's licence to operate that requires it to

engage in a comprehensive public information program if it is not enforced? It is up to

the CNSC to ensure that the rules are followed and that residents are safe. However from

pipeline leaks in Kalamazoo to tainted meat to the Lac Megantic disaster people are no

longer willing to accept carte blanche that 'everything is safe'. Our community,

neighbours of the GE-Hitachi facility at 1025 Lansdowne Ave need to be aware of the

risks so they can decide whether or not they want to accept them. After 50 years of

silence our community deserves at least that.

Andrew Cash,

Member of Parliament for Davenport

☢Urgent: Public Health Action Alert!☢

A Message from 
Committee For Future Generations 
& GE-Hitachi's Uranium Secret Campaign

Thanks to community pressure, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will be holding a meeting December 10-11 in Toronto to specially review the operation of GE-Hitachi’s 1025 Lansdowne Ave nuclear fuel processing plant.  The plant processes 150 tonnes of yellowcake uranium powder per month into nuclear fuel pellets used in CANDU reactors, accounting for 53% of all uranium fuel pellets used in Canada (being constantly transported on residential roads as powder, pellets, and radioactive captured waste and emissions filters).

The CNSC acknowledges many samples of the soil surrounding GE-Hitachi are contaminated.  The highest level of contamination recorded was 21.2 parts per million which is considerably close to the 23 parts per million residential soil limit and highly elevated in comparison to the background level of uranium in soil which they claim is 2.5 parts per million. 

According to a CNSC spokesperson “Any uranium contamination in soil (above natural background levels) occurs through air emissions”

The release limits of the CNSC are notoriously liberal, GE-Hitachi’s licence allows for the annual release of a maximum of 760 grams of uranium into the air and 9,000kg of uranium into the sewer. GE-Hitachi claims to release only a fraction of these limits, which gives the public the impression that releasing uranium into a densely populated city is acceptable.

GE-Hitachi CEO Peter Mason claims the doses received by the public results in “practically zero health impacts”.  This is the nuclear industry’s way of saying that if anyone’s health is impacted they will not be responsible. GE-Hitachi records its own emissions data and provides it in summary in their environmental monitoring reports.  GE-Hitachi claims an independent third party verifies their data, however when asked for proof this was their response:

"All third parties who analyze [verify emissions monitoring] for GE Hitachi are accredited for the type of analysis they do by government where required. We do not have permission from the third parties to release this information"

GE-Hitachi was requested to provide the Emergency Response Plan.  Although it was provided, a large portion of it is censored and blacked out. The City of Toronto along with the CNSC have a responsibility to the people who live within a specific radius of the GE-Hitachi Uranium Processing Plant to ensure that residents know that there is a clearly known plan in the event of an emergency involving hazardous radioactive substances that are known to cause damage to our DNA. The CNSC’s claim that “…safety is in our DNA” is a reminder that it is our DNA they are risking.

From Fukushima to Toronto - the nuclear industry is notorious for down-playing the increased cancer rates that follow on the heels of any nuclear development. The rates have escalated in northern Saskatchewan since the uranium mines and mills opened yet the industry that works in a Community Vitality Monitoring Partnership with Saskatchewan Ministry of Health claims “there is no significant risk”.  This pattern is repeated all along the nuclear chain while people are dying. The nuclear fuel cycle is high risk for Toronto – no amount of nuclear radioactive pollution is safe.  SHUT IT DOWN!

Send a letter of intervention to the CSNC before the November 15th deadline, and indicate if you wish to make a 10 minute oral presentation at the December 10-11 meeting.

The letter can be sent by e-mail to

and please CC:

and all your local politicians!

GE’s Uranium Secret in Toronto Blog: http://ge-uraniumsecrettoronto.blogspot.ca/

Sierra Club of Canada:

MPP Jonah Schein’s website http://www.jonahscheinmpp.ca/cnsc-mtg/
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission “my community”

GE-Hitachi Annual Compliance Reports

Contact our campaign with any questions or to get copies of documents:

Committee for Future Generations is a group of Dene, Cree, Metis, and Settler people from Northern SASKATCHEWAN fighting the under-handed tactics of the nuclear industry to SELL the storage of high-level nuclear waste on First Nations territory by bribing the weak links in our governance systems.

Survey of CNSC employees - reveals muzzeled science and corrupt regulators

The following is an important guest-authored post by friend of GE-Hitachi's Uranium Secret Shut Down Campaign, Chris Rouse, who is currently fighting the CNSC in New Brunswick where Point Lepreau Reactor is a nuclear nightmare.   Rouse is an engineering technologist with 17 years experience in many large industries.  The following was republished with permission from NewClearFreeSolutions http://newclearfreesolutions.com/2013/10/30/survey-suggests-nuclear-regulator-does-compromise-safety/

(image: CNSC President Michel Binder)

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) website and many of their presentations boldly assure Canadians that they will ”Never Compromise Safety”. The results of a recently conducted survey done for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), by the Environics Research Group, for their “Big Chill” survey on the muzzling of federal scientists suggests that these are false assurances.
The survey paints a very worrisome picture at the CNSC. The survey shows:
-57% of the CNSC employee’s surveyed said they were aware of cases where the health and safety of Canadians (or environmental sustainability) has been compromised due to political interference.
-50% of the CNSC employee’s surveyed didn’t feel they could publish their work in peer-reviewed journals.
-94% of the CNSC employee’s reported interference with manuscripts and or conference presentations.
-The CNSC was among the groups most likely to be asked to exclude/alter information in Federal government documents for non scientific reasons.
-93% of the CNSC employee’s surveyed agreed that the public would be better served if the federal government strengthened its “whistleblower” protection.
Click to see Survey.
 Why is this so important? This is important because it means that the law may be being broken and needs to be investigated. One of the objectives of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act is to:
to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public concerning the activities of the Commission and the effects, on the environment and on the health and safety of persons, of the development, production, possession and use referred to in paragraph
The Nuclear safety and Control Act also states that it is an offence for anyone who:
(a) alters, otherwise than pursuant to the regulations or a licence, or misuses any thing  the purpose of which is to
 (i) protect the environment or the health or safety of persons from any risk associated with the development, production or use of nuclear energy or the possession or use of a nuclear substance, prescribed equipment or prescribed information
(d) knowingly makes a false or misleading written or oral statement to the Commission, a designated officer or an inspector
(i) falsifies a record kept pursuant to this Act or the regulations or to a condition of a licence
In my opinion these results reveal an even more serious problem. Over 75% of all major industrial accidents are caused by what is known as  ”Institutional Failure”. It has several names sometimes referred to as “Safety Culture” or “Human and Organizational Performance”. These survey results all point to possible institutional failure within the CNSC.
Another possible indication of institutional failure is the CNSC had an independent external advisory committee from outside of the nuclear industry review the CNSC Fukushima Action plan, and this is what they had to say:

The human element is an important component of NPP safety, both in terms of preventing accidents and in management of an emergency. Notably, on average 75% of industrial events have human and organizational causes versus technical ones, and as such should be considered as key elements when reviewing the recommendations in the FTF Report. The Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 is widely considered to have resulted from the lack of a “safety culture” – an important element of Human and Organizational Performance practice as it relates to the nuclear industry.
The CNSC missed the number one lesson learned from the Fukushima accident because several months later the Government of Japan released it’s independent investigation into the Fukushima Nuclear Accident. The report concluded that”
After a six-month investigation, the Commission has concluded the following:
In order to prevent future disasters, fundamental reforms must take place. These reforms must cover both the structure of the electric power industry and the structure of the related government and regulatory agencies as well as the operation processes. They must cover both normal and emergency situations.
A “manmade” disaster
The TEPCO Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and TEPCO, and the lack of governance by said parties. They effectively betrayed the nation’s right to be safe from nuclear accidents. Therefore, we conclude that the accident was clearly “manmade.” We believe that the root causes were the organizational and regulatory systems that supported faulty rationales for decisions and actions, rather than issues relating to the competency of any specific individual.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has very little oversight, and the results of this survey should worry our government. The CNSC does not even have to report to a Minister in the Federal government. It reports to ALL members of parliament. In my opinion, with most of the current MP’s time being spent on Stephen Harper’s other political appointees, they should really be asking some serious questions to one of his very first appointees, Dr. Michel Binder, who he appointed head of the CNSC when he fired Linda Keen for doing her job. 

"T☢r☢nt☢ nuclear facility poses n☢ health risk" NOT!!!!!!!!!!

GE-Hitachi 1025 Lansdowne Ave Uranium Fuel Processing Plant in Toronto

Here is an update on the GE-Hitachi situation: 

In advance of the public hearing/annual review into the license of both GE-Hitachi Toronto and GE-Hitachi Peterborough set for December 10 and 11 at Toronto's Yorkdale Holiday Inn, the CNSC has interpreted very limited data to claim  "Toronto nuclear facility poses no health risk"


However, there is a huge discrepancy between the provincial ministry of the environment finding no exceeding of background levels of uranium at 2.5 ppm and the CNSC/GE findings that there is contamination, up to 21 ppm which is just shy of the 23ppm limit for residential areas, but arguing the rail line and GE fall under a commercial standard of 33ppm?

Yet speaking to the Toronto Star, Toronto Public Health's officer of environmental toxicology has stated "The highest levels, around 15 parts per million, were on GE Hitachi property, says Lachapelle, suggesting the uranium emitted by the plant’s stack during processing doesn’t go very far." http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/06/02/ge_hitachi_uranium_plant_on_lansdowne_ave_to_have_soil_samples_taken_this_summer.html 

Considering the discrepancies between the results from the province, GE, and the regulator, these tests are unreliable. 

"why not do a comparative review of other jurisdiction's standards in hopes of demonstrating the current one is unprotective? Why not check the City's view on which standards - residential or commercial - apply? Maybe the most protective standard applies when there is mixed zoning?"
Is this acceptable for children living right next to the plant?  
also how does the soil get contaminated, what is the pathway, does the contamination find its way into people's lungs?

Dr. Jim Duetsch has written to MPP Schein to say "I request that testing be done scientifically and in a transparent manner, to track emissions from the source, into air, water, and soil. History is full of examples, from many jurisdictions, of industry-government collusion and shoddy standards that enable harmful practices to be continued."

And of coure GE Hitachi refuses to name or provide any information about their Independent 3rd Party Monitor consultants, because they do not have permission from that third party, they claim, to release that data, which may implicate the reputation of this firm whoever they may be. 

"The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) released today its soil sampling results which concludes that there are no health risks associated with uranium in soil as a result of the operations of the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.’s (GEH-C) Toronto facility.

Results show that uranium releases from the GEH-C facility are not impacting human health or the environment—all results are below the accepted standards and guidelines and often below the natural background levels of uranium in Ontario soils.

Read the news release:


December 10-11 Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in Toronto re: GE-Hitachi

Opportunity to SHUT IT DOWN!
Long time no update...

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will hold a hearing reluctantly at the request of MP Cash and MPP Schein.  NDP MPP and Environment Critic Peter Tabuns has said that politicians respond to two things; reward and punishment.  With that in mind please join GE-Hitachi Uranium Secret Campaign to Shut it Down in congratulating and thanking Jonah, Andrew, and their staff for their hard work over the past year. 

How can you participate in the December 10-11 Meeting at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale?

If you have any questions there is a CNSC employee who has earned the reputation as helpful and cooperative amongst nuclear intervenors, her name is Louise Levert, the director of public interventions. She will do her best to answer any of your questions
And so will we, contact Zach NoCameco Ruiter at zach@theindignants.org

For information:

Go to the CNSC website http://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/

You will find this document "Notice of Participation at a Commission Meeting"

Interventions by writing are due November 15 2013, this is also the date to indicate that in addition to your written intervention you intend to make an in-person presentation to the Commission.  If you want to make a written intervention only that is okay but you cannot make an oral presentation without having first submitted a written intervention.

Here is where you can submit it http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/commission/intervention/index.cfm

To review the information GE-Hitachi has put out there visit their website http://geh-canada.ca/safety/

Review the CNSC's regulatory report on Class 1b Nuclear installations by e-mailing the commission for a copy, you can also request a printed copy mailed to your address E-DOCS-#4213565-CMD 13-M51 - CNSC Staff Report on the Performance of Canadian Uranium Fuel Cycle and Processing Facilities 2012.PDF 

VIDEO LINK to a Mini-documentary on this issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt5H25V9cAI&feature=plcp

GE's West-End Secret - NOW piece


Stop G.E.'s West End Uranium Factory Facebook Group


How Residents Delivered a Major Upset to GE-Hitachi Canada's Nuclear Operations


Statement from Committee For Future Generations, SHUT IT DOWN!

Hip Hip Hooray! 4 Andrew Cash & Jonah Schein!

Letter to CNSC Requesting a Public Hearing on GE-Hitachi in Davenport – August 28, 2013


Please e-mail the CNSC to support MP Cash's demands!  interventions@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca

Today, your MPP Jonah Schein and I have written a letter to the Commissioners of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) requesting that the CNSC hold a public meeting in our community during their mid-term review of the GE-Hitachi Facility at 1025 Lansdowne Ave. This review is scheduled to take place this November. We want Davenport residents to have the opportunity to raise their concerns surrounding the facility directly with the Commission during the public consultation process. The text of our letter follows below. We will post any response we receive.
Commission Members
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
280 Slater Street
P.O. Box 1046
Station B
Ottawa, ON
K1P 5S9
August 28, 2013

Dear Commission Members,
We are writing on behalf of our constituents to urge you to come to Davenport for your November 13 and 14 mid-term review of the class 1b nuclear fuel production facility operated by GE-Hitachi at 1025 Lansdowne Ave in Toronto. Since a community meeting on 8 December 2012 that was attended by over 200 residents, hundreds more have signed a petition asking the CNSC to hold a local meeting in which area residents and representatives can participate.

We would like you to hold your review of the facility in our riding for a number of reasons:
Most importantly, a local meeting would allow residents to experience firsthand how the CNSC is regulating the facility and ensuring public safety. No doubt CNSC employees Patsy Thompson and Peter Elder have informed you about the community meeting they attended in December, where dozens of angry and worried residents demanded to know whether it was safe for their families to live so close to this facility; some questioned whether its presence was related to their specific health concerns. Virtually everyone wanted to know why they had not been informed that this plant was processing nuclear fuel pellets within blocks of their homes.

Davenport residents need to be reassured that GE-Hitachi is adequately informing both the CNSC and the community about their activities. At our December meeting, local resident Dawn Withers challenged the claims GE-Hitachi made at its 2010 licensing hearing regarding the degree to which they have kept community informed, which is, she pointed out, a condition of their licence. Referring to Commission transcripts, Ms Withers wondered, “If one of [GE-Hitachi’s] terms of commission … was to inform the community and if that could not be verified [by the CNSC]- and that would have been easily verified – then how can we be reassured that the other things that they were supposed to adhere to in terms of danger to the community were adhered to…?” CNSC staff in attendance promised to look into GE-Hitachi’s testimony regarding its public information program at the licensing hearing. We hope the Commission will demonstrate its commitment to transparency by taking up this issue of trust and accountability with GE-Hitachi in an open, locally accessible venue.
Finally, your visit to our community will allow you to view the facility you have licensed and get to know the neighbourhood in which it is embedded. This historically underserved community is quickly being transformed by several new developments including a twin-towered 23 and 27-storey condo currently under construction directly across the street from the facility. We understand that this facility is the only one of its kind in such a densely-populated urban setting and have serious concerns about the proximity of this facility to this rapidly growing residential area. Because GE-Hitachi’s public information program has been so inadequate, thousands of new residents are pouring into this area without knowing that a nuclear fuel production facility is sited across the street. We need the Commission members to understand this community’s concerns in the context of its legacy of industrial pollution and neglect as well as the current development boom, so that when you take decisions that affect our lives, you protect our interests.

We know that the CNSC has a precedent of holding meetings in affected communities and we believe our request for such a meeting is warranted given the intense level of interest in this facility in our community. Additionally we would like to request that the MP for this riding, Andrew Cash be allowed to make a formal presentation to the Commission. We also request that the Commission grant community members the opportunity to make personal submissions.
The people of Davenport need to trust that the public agencies that exist to protect their interests are, in fact, doing so. A meeting in Davenport would be a powerful signal to the community that CNSC acknowledges that this community has been inadequately informed in the past and that it is serious about rectifying this omission.

We hope to see you here in Davenport in the fall.


Andrew Cash
Member of Parliament
Jonah Schein
Member of Provincial Parliament
CC: Joe Oliver, MP for Eglinton-Lawrence, Minister of Natural Resources
Peter Julian, MP for Burnaby-New Westminster, NDP Critic for Natural Resources
Neil Maxwell, Interim Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto Medical Officer of Health

"Yours Truly" Talk to the Hand Cuz the Ministry Don't Want to Understand

A bull dozer has feverishly been removing soil across across the street from 1025 Landsdowne, land formerly occupied by GE.  Davenport residents were informed the soil was contaminated and since March the soil has been leaving by truck and new soil has come in its place.  Were the results of the soil tests made available to the public? was the soil tested for radioactivity?  Is it unreasonable to work from the body and go from there? the body knows no units of measurement for toxins, no jurisdictional splits, no acceptable levels, or probabilistic risk assessments, our bodies know health and illness, can we not look at our whole environment? look at all the risk factors? all the contaminants together which act in concert in toxic exposure?  Why is it so hard to get soil sampling done? its been since October 2012 that residents have rang alarm bells - why the delay? shouldn't people deserve a right to know if their environment is healthy no matter where they live?  Funny thing about the environment is that its "out there" always outside of us, external, but we live in our environment, our environment is inside of us as we are from it and part of it. 

The second image and text following it is a screen grab, many stakeholders received an e-mail from the Ministry of Environment today telling them to wait until the fall for results, that the results will be on the website, standard Kafkaesque bureaucratic aporia.  

I say we need to have a people's hearing into the future of the GE plant.  

We need you to step up with your talent and skills.  Everyone in Toronto needs their Erin Brockovich moment.  

Here is a picture that shows a school a few blocks away from GE.  The children at Regal Heights school don't know they are inhaling air mixed with the emissions of GE and are entered often by their proximity in a reverse lottery to inhale alpha emitting uranium metallic particles.  


In the meantime we are letting down our children and putting them at risk, they know better, and so do we.  

Its time to work together

Contact, we need your support - whatever way you can offer it! (desperately need someone to bottom line the creation of lawn signs)
- Zach Ruiter on behalf of GE-Hitachi's Uranium Secret Activists

here is the text of the e-mail including contact information, it was signed by Rod Adams "yours truly":

"Adams, Rod (ENE) <Rod.Adams@ontario.ca>
1:50 PM (9 hours ago)

The Ministry of the Environment (ministry) would like to provide you with an update on the soil sampling program that has been conducted in the vicinity of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy facility located at 1025 Lansdowne Avenue.

On June 11, 2013, the ministry, Toronto Public Health and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission representatives met to discuss possible sampling locations.  It was agreed that sampling would focus on public spaces (municipal right of ways, boulevards, and parks) that were representative of the community in the vicinity of the GE Hitachi facility.

The following principles were considered: the potential for transport of elemental uranium, prevailing winds, distance from source, the results of air dispersion modelling and accessibility, coupled with the professional judgment of the ministry's senior terrestrial assessment scientist. 

The ministry commenced the soil sample collection on June 12, 2013, and completed the collection on June 13, 2013.  Samples were collected from various depths at 24 locations which resulted in 180 samples being collected. 

Processing of the samples, which includes drying, prior to testing for uranium, has recently been completed and the samples have been submitted to the ministry’s laboratory for analysis.

The final report on the results of the sampling program is expected in the fall and will be available on the ministry’s website. 

The ministry will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.

Should you have any questions or require clarification about the soil sampling program, please contact me at rod.adams@ontario.ca or at 416-326-5536.

Yours truly

Rod Adams
Toronto District Office
Ministry of the Environment
5775 Yonge Street - 9th floor
Toronto, Ontario
M2M 4J1
rod.adams@ontario.ca "