Fukushima: One Year Later

Updated Fukushima FAQ

Canadian Nuclear Association
Canadian Nuclear Industry Response to the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami: One year later – March 2012

Nuclear Energy Institute – Experts Say Health Effects of Fukushima Accident Should Be Very Minor
Radiation health experts said at a Washington press briefing that based on the radiological data collected, the health effects of the Fukushima accident should be very minimal for both the public and workers . – March 5, 2012

Toronto Star Editorial – One year after Fukushima, nuclear energy remains essential
One year after a massive earthquake and tsunami led to nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan, many are ready to write off the nuclear industry. All but two of Japan’s reactors are shut down. Germany has shuttered its nuclear industry, while Italy, Belgium and Switzerland are phasing it out. “Nuclear energy: the dream that failed,” proclaims The Economist on the anniversary of Fukushima – March 10, 2012

Toronto Star Editorial – Fukushima changed the nuclear industry
Tom Mitchell
A year ago, on March 11, 2011, a series of disasters at Fukushima in Japan killed thousands of people, left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and changed the world’s nuclear industry forever. – March 10, 2012

Statement by Denise Carpenter, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association on the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

March 8, 2012 – “One year ago, almost 20,000 lives were lost and many forever changed following a devastating earthquake and tsunami off the north coast of Japan.

The natural disaster was also felt in the nuclear industry when the emergency back-up generators at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station were disabled by the unprecedented 24-foot tsunami.

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Japan’s government failed responding to earthquake, tsunami: PM
Japan’s prime minister acknowledged Saturday the government failed in its response to last year’s earthquake and tsunami, being too slow in relaying key information and believing too much in “a myth of safety” about nuclear power. March 3, 2012

The Globe and Mail

Canada’s nuclear industry needs to fight Fukushima fear, top executive says
With the approaching anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster as a backdrop, Ontario’s top energy executive is urging Canada’s nuclear industry not to retreat in the face of renewed public skepticism. February 23, 2012

The Ottawa Citizen

WANO Update from Fukushima Response Commission
Presentation by Mr. Tom Mitchell, Chair of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Fukushima Response Commission. Mr. Mitchell provided an update to attendees at the 2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show on February 23, in Ottawa, on the WANO and industry’s response following the events at Fukushima.

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Canada’s Nuclear Industry Aligned for Growth in 2012
Canada’s nuclear industry is poised for future growth and prosperity, according to discussions at the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) Annual Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa. February 24, 2012



OPG Submits Preliminary Lessons From Japanese Earthquake; Robust design of nuclear plants would withstand emergencies

April 29, 2011 – In a preliminary report on lessons learned from the event at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has determined that its nuclear facilities are safe, robustly designed and will withstand emergencies.

OPG Statement – click here
Status report letter to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Speech to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources
March 24, 2011 — By Denise Carpenter, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association
Standing Committee on Natural Resources

Statement by CNA President and CEO Denise Carpenter regarding the earthquake in Japan
March 14, 2011 — Our thoughts are with the people of Japan and their relatives in Canada during this terrible time, as well as with the workers at the Fukushima station for their tireless efforts to protect the people offsite.

2011 Newspaper Articles

Globe and MailCameco CEO spends last days fighting nuclear panic
Jerry Grandey was ready for a quiet passage into retirement after three decades in the tumultuous nuclear industry, including the past eight years as CEO of uranium giant Cameco of Saskatoon. April 28, 2011

The Star — Darlington nuclear power plant looks ahead amid Japan crisis
As Ontario Power Generation makes its case for building new nuclear reactors at its Darlington site, the company is showing off its old ones. April 6, 2011

Mark LynasThe dangers of nuclear power in light of Fukushima
This is a joint post, by Chris Goodall of carboncommentary.com and Mark Lynas. We make no apologies for length, as these issues can really only be properly addressed in detail.

How risky is nuclear power? As the Fukushima nuclear crisis continues in Japan, many people and governments are turning away from nuclear power in the belief that it is uniquely dangerous to human health and the environment. March 30, 2011

National PostPatrick Moore: We need a Nuclear renaissance
Nuclear energy supplies about 16% of the world’s electricity, a percentage similar to hydroelectric power. Among the 30 countries with nuclear power plants, 21 countries obtain 15% or more of their electricity from nuclear energy, ranging from Canada at 15% to France at nearly 80%. March 28, 2011

Financial Post — Lawrence Solomon: Avert Chernobyl-style hysteria in Japan
Next to Chernobyl, the Fukushima accident is the worst nuclear power calamity in history. To minimize damage in Fukushima’s aftermath, the Japanese — and all of us — need first learn the lessons of Chernobyl, whose casualties numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Chernobyl’s great calamity in 1986 — a total meltdown in a reactor designed with no containment that ejected astounding amounts of radiation over a 10-day period — came not from the radiation it spewed but from fear of radiation. March 25, 2011

Kingston Whig Standard — Re: “Our reactors aren’t ‘safe’ either.”
By Denise Carpenter, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association
Submitted to the Kingston Whig Standard. March 23, 2011

The Guardian — George Monbiot - Going Critical: How the Fukushima disaster taught me to stop worrying and embrace nuclear power
You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology. March 22, 2011

Financial Post — Lawrence Solomon: Japan’s radioactive fallout could have silver lining
The immense suffering that the Japanese are enduring in the aftermath of their earthquake and tsunami is now compounded by torment over radiation releases from the Fukushima nuclear plant. March 21, 2011

National PostNucler wakes
On March 11, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake seriously damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant causing overheating problems in its reactors. March 19, 2011

Globe and MailNukes: Improve them, but don’t even think of abandoning them
The earthquake, just off the coast, was swift and terrible, registering almost 9.0. Even more deadly were the 15-metre tsunami and the raging fires that soon followed. Thousands of people died or were swept out to sea, their homes reduced to mountains of rubble. March 18, 2011