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/
Committee for Future Generations Statement: http://committeeforfuturegenerations.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/shut-down-the-ge-hitachi-uranium-processing-plant-in-toronto/
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.