CNA is concerned about the lack of action on climate change, and advocates for an effective national campaign to reduce emissions. Elements of such a campaign include a strong national alliance, a national expert statement on the costs and benefits of addressing climate change, and clear policy direction with firm follow-up.
Emissions and pollutants should be an important consideration in the power mix of any province or country, and policymakers should take into account the whole life-cycle of each power-generation option. Several industry and international studies compare the overall emissions from nuclear, natural gas, wind and other methods of producing power.
Power plants of all kinds are often located on shorelines, so that water is available for steam generation and cooling. While current nuclear plants affect those shorelines much less than large hydro dams do, they are still significant users of water. The effects of nuclear power on aquatic habitat are modest and well managed, but there are ways to reduce them further.
As a by-product nuclear power plants, tritium is a radioactive substance. Though harmless outside the body, it can be a health risk if breathed in or swallowed. Canada’s nuclear industry employs several methods to limit human and environmental exposure to tritium.