May 9, 2001
To the Editor, The Toronto Star
Your editorial "Nuclear still a mistake second time around" is a knee-jerk
reaction short on facts. Many are bothered by Premier Harris labelling
nuclear energy "safe" and "green", but he is only publicizing what the
experts have been trying to communicate for years.
Ontario Hydro closed eight reactors at Bruce and Pickering for
maintenance, not safety, concerns, and most of these units will be up and
running again in the near future.
It is a falsehood to suggest that "unusual levels of leukemia and prostate
cancer" are linked to nuclear operations. I hope the Star will apologize
for this irresponsible statement, and the unnecessary stress it imposes on
those living near these facilities.
The "costs and risks" of this "complicated technology" are a matter of
record -- the record that shows nuclear power to be both the cheapest and
safest option for large-scale electricity production in Ontario.
The maintenance woes and construction costs of Ontario's reactors are
largely due to political interference, by ruling parties of all stripes.
Chief examples are the emasculation of Ontario Hydro by the NPD
government, and the multiple construction delays imposed on the Darlington
Let's hope this renewed political appreciation for nuclear power extends
to a hands-off approach during construction and operation - let the
experts to their job.