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NEGATIVE OPTION ENDORSEMENT - NO CANDU 4 ROMANIA
>Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 22:13:20 -0400 (EDT)
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>From: Nuclear Awareness Project <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: NEGATIVE OPTION ENDORSEMENT - NO CANDU 4 ROMANIA
>September 15, 1998
>Memo to: Concerned Canadian individuals and organizations
>From: Dave Martin, Nuclear Awareness Project
>**************** STOP CERNAVODA-2! ****************
>DON'T WORRY, WE ARE NOT REALLY DOING A NEGATIVE
>BUT WE HOPE THAT WE GOT YOUR ATTENTION!
>BECAUSE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CAUSE, WITH A REAL
>CHANCE OF SUCCESS & YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED.
>THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO ENDORSE AS AN
>INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION THE ENCLOSED
>APPEAL FROM A ROMANIAN ENVIRONMENT GROUP
>OPPOSING CONSTRUCTION OF THE CERNAVODA-2
>CANDU REACTOR BY ATOMIC ENERGY OF CANADA
>NEW DEADLINE: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25
>CANADIAN ENDORSERS TO DATE ARE INCLUDED AT
>THE END OF THIS MESSAGE
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>The Romanian environmental group "Mama Terra" (For Mother Earth - Romania)
>has issued an international appeal to endorse the statement enclosed below,
>opposing the completion of a second CANDU reactor at the Cernavoda nuclear
>plant. Endorsements can be by organization or individual. For personal
>endorsements, please note any appropriate title. Affiliations can also be
>noted for identification purposes without a formal endorsement.
> Please contact Aungiira Aurel Duta <email@example.com>, and copy
>your response to Nuclear Awareness Project <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
>Aungiira Aurel Duta
>Mama Terra (For Mother Earth-Romania)
>A. Obregia 5/R14/69, S.4
>NEW NEWS **********!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>The Globe and Mail published two in-depth articles on Cernavoda-2 on August
>6 and August 13 by their Eastern Europe correspondent Geoffrey York. The
>articles revealed that there is strong opposition in Romania to completion.
>Romanian Finance Minister Daniel Daianu stated that alleged savings from
>nuclear energy are "speculative". Nicolae Staiculescu, a deputy minister in
>the Industry Ministry said that "Proceeding with the second CANDU would be
>like a gambler's decision to try to recover his losses by doubling his
>debt.". York reported that Romania does not need any more electricity -- it
>is currently using only 25% of its electrical capacity.
>E-mail copies of the articles are available on request from Nuclear
>Twenty-five years ago, the former Ceaucescu regime had plans for 15 to 20
>CANDU reactors. However, forced labour was used on the Cernavoda nuclear
>station, and faulty construction and manufacturing were widespread. After
>Ceaucescu was deposed in 1989, much of the nuclear infrastructure in Romania
>was dissolved, and only one reactor was completed. The first CANDU reactor
>at Cernavoda went critical in 1996 -- about 20 years after the first
>agreement between Canada and Romania was signed.
>Although some of the basic work on the second reactor was done, it is
>estimated that completion of the reactor will cost $750 million US (over
>$1.1 billion Canadian). Canada has already lent Romania a staggering $1.35
>billion, which has not yet been paid back in full. In April, Atomic Energy
>of Canada Limited (AECL) and its partners provided financing for another
>$200 million in order to keep the project alive. AECL leads a consortium
>with the Italian company Ansaldo. In May, Romanian President Emil
>Constantinescu visited Canada in an attempt to secure more financing for
>completion of the reactor. We now know that he asked Canada to provide $1
>billion in financing.
>The electricity from the Cernavoda-2 reactor is NOT needed in Romania, so
>the Romanian utility RENEL is proposing to build it in the hope of exporting
>the electricity. No firm deals have yet been signed for export sales.
>Needless to say, this is a risky and ill-conceived project.
>Once again Canadian taxpayers are being asked to foot the bill for a nuclear
>reactor that is not needed, and is being opposed by environmental groups in
>Romania. CANDU reactors entail unacceptable economic and environmental
>costs, and like other reactors designs, there is the risk of catastrophic
>accidents. Like Canada, Romania needs to promote efficiency, conservation,
>and the use of renewable energy. If Canada wants to help Romania, those are
>the areas where aid should be directed.
>[Appeal from "For Mother Earth-Romania"]
>APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PARLIAMENT OF ROMANIA
>We the undersigned scientists, representatives of non-governmental
>organizations, politicians and people from all over the world, want to
>express our deepest concern about Romania acquiring more nuclear reactors
>and expanding the Cernavoda nuclear power plant.
>It has already been demonstrated that the risks involved with nuclear power
>are enormous and that the consequences of accidents may be devastating. The
>Chernobyl accident was a disaster
>for both mankind and nature, and Romania has already been exposed to its
>Despite extremely expensive research programs, the nuclear waste problem has
>not yet been solved. Only the natural decay process, which takes hundreds of
>thousands or even millions of years, diminishes the radioactivity of nuclear
>Romania has become a very important player among eastern European countries,
>and developing a nuclear industry in this region could have a great
>political impact. Nuclear power is considered to be an important means of
>economic development, but real development has to take into consideration
>the broader social interest.
>In Romania, where electricity can be successfully provided by hydro and
>thermo-electric power plants, nuclear power plants are built only in the
>hope of exporting electricity, while increasing domestic costs and risks.
>Nuclear power currently represents only a small part of the world's energy
>production. Considering the extremely high costs caused by the whole nuclear
>energy fuel cycle, as well as all the risks involved, nuclear power can
>never solve the world's energy problems.
>We appeal to the Romanian government and the Romanian parliament:
>DO NOT INVEST IN NUCLEAR POWER - - INVEST IN THE FUTURE!
>ENDORSEMENTS TO DATE
>[as of September 15, 1998]
>Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout
>Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
>Canadian Environmental Law Association
>Centre de ressources sur la non-violence
>Durham Nuclear Awareness
>Energy Action Project
>Falls Brook Centre
>Island Residents Against Toxic Environments (IRATE)
>Lethbridge Network for Peace
>Nanoose Conversion Campaign
>Nuclear Awareness Project
>Sierra Club of Canada
>Windsor & Area Social Justice & Ecological Network
>Youth for Social Justice
>Bruce Allen, Executive Board member, Canadian Auto Workers Local 199
>David Argue, David Argue Consulting, Canada
>J. Denys Bourque, R.P.F.
>Helen E. Brightwell
>Phyllis Creighton, Board Member, Science for Peace
>David Martin, Research Director, Nuclear Awareness Project
>Alexa McDonough, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada
>Michilin Ni Treasig, York University
>Svend Robinson, MP Burnaby-Douglas, NDP Spokesperson for International
>Affairs and International Human Rights
>Joan Russow Ph.D, National Leader of the Green Party of Canada
>Jan Slakov, Secretary, Enviro-Clare
>John P. Valleau, Prof. Emeritus, Chemistry, University of Toronto & Board
>Member, Science for Peace
>Dean Young, Master's candidate, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York
>Nuclear Awareness Project
>P.O. Box 104
>Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada L9P 1M6
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