Gordon Edwards

Gordon Edwards

Dr. Gordon Edwards is one of the co-founders of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) ccnr.org

22.06.2016

Greenland: medical concerns of uranium mining

Greenland: medical concerns of uranium mining

I have recently returned from a trip to Greenland where I participated in a one-day forum on Uranium Mining in Narsaq, South Greenland, on June 11, 2016.  There were many members of parliament and elected members of town councils in attendance.  There was also a good turnout from the local… »

01.06.2016

Canada’s Pickering Nuclear Plant, an uneconomic nuclear dinosaur on life support

Canada’s Pickering Nuclear Plant, an uneconomic nuclear dinosaur on life support

There are eight nuclear reactors at the Pickering site, all connected to a single vacuum building that serves as a common “containment structure” in the event of any major nuclear accident.  The vacuum building is designed to suck up the radioactive steam and gases in the event of… »

09.05.2016

Historic radioactive waste stored near Fort McMurray

Historic radioactive waste stored near Fort McMurray

With the massive fires raging in and near Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta, concern has been expressed about the integrity of the historic radioactive wastes stored nearby. The bulky radioactive wastes  (43,000 cubic metres = one-and-a-half million cubic feet) stored near Fort McMurray are radium-contaminated materials (contaminated soil and sediment along with contaminated… »

18.03.2016

Court orders Japan’s Takahama Nuclear Power Plant to shut down

Court orders Japan’s Takahama Nuclear Power Plant to shut down

Background:    March 18, 2016   Before the Fukushima triple meltdown five years ago, there were 54 nuclear power reactors in Japan, providing 30 percent of Japan’s electricity.  Following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami of March 11 2011,… »

26.10.2015

Death by radioactivity around Fukushima: the “perfect crime”

Death by radioactivity around Fukushima: the “perfect crime”

Based on abstract mathematical argumentation, without any supporting medical evidence, and without knowing the individual doses of atomic radiation experienced by Japanese citizens living in the region where the Fukushima disaster took place, two international agencies associated with the United Nations — UNSCEAR and WHO — have not hesitated to… »

14.09.2015

Fukushima – maybe in a hundred years?

Fukushima – maybe in a hundred years?

Background September 14, 2015 Prime Minister Abe is eager to convince the nation and the world that the Fukushima crisis is over, even though the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown will take at least 40 years, and despite the fact that over 380,000 tonnes of highly contaminated… »

05.09.2015

Ontario’s geriatric reactors at Darlington require major surgery

Ontario’s geriatric reactors at Darlington require major surgery

While Ontario Power Generation (OPG) plans to permanently shut down the eight nuclear reactors at Pickering by 2020 (two of them are already retired), OPG is seeking an unprecedented thirteen year operating licence for its four nuclear reactors at Darlington.  The Darlington reactors – the largest in… »

10.05.2015

Canada: rejection of Areva’s Kiggavik uranium mining project

Canada: rejection of Areva’s Kiggavik uranium mining project

To the surprise and delight of many concerned citizens in Baker Lake, the Nunavut Impact Review Board has concluded that uranium mining should not be allowed to proceed at this time. Baker Lake is an Inuit Community renowned for its arts and crafts; it is located 320 km… »

05.05.2015

Canada: report on nuclear power situation

Canada: report on nuclear power situation

Background:    May 4, 2015   Ontario Power Generation owns 20 nuclear power reactors. Two of them permanently shut down. Six more scheduled to be retired by 2020.     The largest nuclear power station in North America is the Bruce NPP, located close to the shore of Lake Huron. »

03.04.2015

Iran, the Deal, and why it’s good for all

Iran, the Deal, and why it’s good for all

Background: All nuclear weapons require a primary nuclear explosive. There are only two materials that are used for that purpose: either Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) or plutonium of any kind (except plutonium-238). Highly Enriched Uranium Highly Enriched Uranium refers to any kind of uranium that has a relatively high percentage… »

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