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e-2849 (Natural resources and energy)

Initiated by Lynn Jones from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Radioactive waste is dangerous, poses risks to all living things and must be kept out of the biosphere for as long as it poses a radioactive hazard (many thousands of years);
  • Canada is a party to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, and as such, is obligated by Article 11 of the treaty to "ensure that the generation of radioactive waste is kept to the minimum practicable";
  • Small modular nuclear reactors, currently under consideration for taxpayer-funded development in Canada would produce long-lived hazardous nuclear waste as part of normal operations;
  • Production of plutonium and other fuels for small modular nuclear reactors would also create long-lived hazardous nuclear waste;
  • Small modular nuclear reactors would themselves become hazardous, long-lived nuclear waste;
  • Too hot to handle after their short lifespan of a few decades, and too costly to transport, they would likely be abandoned in place leaving permanently contaminated, radioactive exclusion zones (a few hectares in size) everywhere they were deployed;
  • Low-carbon alternatives to nuclear technology for electricity generation are readily available, faster to deploy and do not generate radioactive waste; and
  • Federal support and funding for development of small modular nuclear reactors would constitute an abnegation of Canada’s international commitment to minimize generation of radioactive waste.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Uphold its commitment as a signatory to the Joint Convention to minimize the generation of radioactive waste; and
2. Cease all support and taxpayer funding for small modular nuclear reactors.
Open for signature
September 17, 2020, at 4:31 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 15, 2021, at 4:31 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - David McGuinty
Ottawa South
Liberal Caucus
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