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Trude  Torsdag 14. April 2011, kl. 10:31

Vi forlanger at regjeringene i Canada, USA, Danmark, Sverige og Norge stopper denne frakten!
Send din underskrift til elui@canadians.org

Vannbevegelsen er særdeles bekymret for det radioaktive avfallet som er planlagt fraktet med skip fra Great Lakes i Canada til Sverige. Den canadiske atomsikkerhetskommisjonen (CNSC) har gitt tillatelse til å frakte 16 100-tonns radioaktive dampgeneratorer fra Ontario til Nyköping. Fraktruten går gjennom Great Lakes, St. Lawrense, Nord-Atlanteren og Nordsjøen, og krever blant annet godkjenning fra våre norske myndigheter. Transporten er den første av minst fire liknende befraktninger.
Transportøren Bruce Power har søkt om spesialtillatelse, fordi firmaet ikke kan tilfredsstille atomsikkerhetskommisjonens krav til emballering.

Firmaet trenger også spesialtillatelse, fordi det radioaktive nivået overskrider verdiene for Sikkert Transport av Radioaktivt Materiale, som er satt av Det Internasjonale Atomenergibyrået IAEA . Nivået overskrides femti ganger.

Frakten truer drikkevannet til 40 millioner mennesker rundt Great Lakes. International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH) har registrert funn av radioaktivt tritium og carbon-14. IICPH advarer om at også lave doser radioaktivitet i Great Lakes er et alvorlig hasardspill med folkehelsen. Lagringen av avfallet i Nyköping vil forurense Østersjøen, som allerede er kjent for å være en av de mest radioaktive sjøer i verden. I tillegg vil restmetaller bli frigitt til markedet uten restriksjoner, noe som er høyst uvanlig. FNs Økonomiske Kommisjon for Europa og Stålforhandlernes forening har fordømt denne praksisen.

Det har ikke vært konsultasjoner med noen relevante regjeringer i Europa. En forurensing av vannet er et angrep på mennesket og jorden som helhet. Vi må beskytte de sårbare vannressursene!

Vi forlanger at regjeringene i Canada, USA, Danmark, Sverige og Norge stopper denne frakten!

Send din underskrift til elui@canadians.org
 
Se www.canadians.org/water 
 

I?ve been working on the radioactive waste shipment that will be shipped from Canada to Sweden. There are a number of concerns with the shipment including lack of public consultation, lack of an environmental assessment and that the levels of radioactivity of the shipment exceed legal limits set out by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material by 50 times. UK, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish authorities have to give Bruce Power approval to pass through their waters. I?ve drafted a sign-on letter below for European civil society groups to express their opposition to the radioactive waste being shipped from Canada to Sweden. Please let  me know if you  would like to sign-on (elui@canadians.org). I will send the letter to Canadian, US, UK, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish governments after I gather sign-ons. Please circulate to other groups who may be interested. The deadline for sign-on is April 18th at 5pm GMT. Just an update on what is happening here in Canada and the US. Bruce Power made a statement that they will be delaying the shipment on March 28. (http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Bruce-Power-Delays-Steam-Generator-Shipments-1418526.htm) However, just 2 days this statement, they made an application with the US Department of Transportation to get a permit to ship the waste (http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/03/30/2011-7408/hazardous-materials-request-for-us-competent-authority-approval-of-international-atomic-energy .    As well, I will be in Amsterdam on April 18th to meet with groups to discuss strategies to stop the shipment. Please let me know if you?re interested in meeting. It would be great to discuss this face to face or let me know if you can join by phone. Also feel free to ask other groups if they are able to meet me.   In solidarity,Emma National Water CampaignerCouncil of Canadians  SIGN-ON LETTER: We, the undersigned members of European civil society, are extremely concerned about the radioactive waste that will be shipped from the Great Lakes in Canada to Sweden. Canadian company Bruce Power has received approval from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to ship 16 100-tonne radioactive steam generators from Ontario to Nyköping, Sweden. Bruce Power has contracted Swedish company Studsvik to transport and decontaminate 90 per cent of the radioactive steam generators. 10 per cent of the most radioactive parts will be shipped back to Canada. The shipment will travel through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. There are 64 steam generators in total so this is the first of at least four shipments. This shipment sets a dangerous precedent for transporting radioactive waste that exceeds legal limits through the Great Lakes and international waters. Governments in Canada are searching for repository sites for 100 million pounds of spent fuel. The Bruce Power shipment would also set a precedent for transporting two million highly radioactive bundles within Canada.  The Canadian decision is being used as an argument to increase the radioactive metal to Ecomet S near St. Petersburg. Bruce Power applied for a special licence with the CNSC because the shipment failed to meet packaging requirements under the CNSC?s Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations. They also needed a special licence because the levels of radioactivity of the shipment exceed legal limits set out by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material by 50 times. Bruce Power?s shipment threatens the drinking water of 40 million people around the Great Lakes. The International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH) has noted the presence of radionuclides such as tritium and carbon-14 in the Great Lakes. The IICPH also warns that low doses of radiation in Great Lakes water systems pose a serious health hazard. With Studsvik?s plant in Nyköping, the decontamination of the radioactive waste will further pollute the waters of the Baltic Sea, which is already known as one of the most radioactive seas in the world. The decontaminated metal will be free released into consumer markets. It is not common practice for scrap metal from decommissioned facilities to be free released for unrestricted use. Normally, scrap metal from decommissioned facilities is released under limited conditions. The UN Economic Commission for Europe and the Steel Manufacturer's Association have condemned this practice.  No environmental assessment has been conducted in Canada on this shipment. A 2006 environmental assessment in Canada was conducted that approved leaving the radioactive steam generators on-site. (Do we want to call for environmental assessments in other countries?) Public consultation on the issue has been inadequate. Although the CNSC held a public hearing in September 2010, many municipalities and First Nation communities were not consulted on the shipment. Water is a human right, public trust and global commons.  There has been no public consultation by relevant governments in Europe. Any harm to water is a harm to the whole including humans and the earth. Before this shipment proceeds, broader and more meaningful dialogues needs to take place locally, nationally and globally over several critical questions raised by this shipment. We demand that Canadian, US, UK, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish governments stop this shipment in order to protect our precious water sources.

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