Over Ten Thousand Sign Petition in Support of Extending Operation of Pickering
Over ten thousand people have now signed the “Pickering 2024” online petition to support the province’s plan to extend the operation of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station to 2024.
The Ontario government’s decision to extend operations of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (PNGS) to 2024 holds many important benefits for the people of Ontario and for members of our union. Pickering will continue to produce safe, reliable, low-cost electricity that will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while reactors at Darlingtonand Bruce Power are taken offline for refurbishment. It will also continue to employ 4,500 people in good jobs, approximately 2,500 of which are PWU members. The Ministry of Energy, having canvased the province for its input into the development of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), sits now in deliberation on the final plan. The Pickering 2024 petition will be delivered to the Premier, the Minister of Energy and other government representatives. Ontario’s new 2017 LTEP is expected to be released in the first quarter of this year.
My personal thanks to the thousands of PWU members who showed their support for their fellow PWU members who work at the Pickering Station.