Tag Archives: Norm Rubin

New Brunswick nuclear reactor set to return to service

(November 14, 2012) The longs delays and major cost overruns associated with the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant refurbishment, due for completion this fall, underscore the risks associated with nuclear technology, says Energy Probe’s Norm Rubin. “Because it’s nuclear it is inherently hazardous and everything has to go right … every kind of small boo-boo turns into a megaproject boo-boo,” said Rubin, who also notes that the peculiar nature of some of the refurbishment project’s problems has “turned this thing into a laughing stock … like dropping a turbine into the ocean.” Continue reading

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Candu strike could threaten service to 34 units worldwide

(June 22, 2012) Even if the strike is not affecting Candu’s current business, and the engineers eventually return to work, Candu may end up primarily a servicing company for its old reactors. Meanwhile, skepticism regarding the completion of two new reactors planned for Darlington and the refurbishment of four existing units remains high. “The Darlington Refurbishment is like something from Alice and Wonderland,” says Energy Probe’s Norm Rubin. Continue reading

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Japan crisis won’t deter N.B. nuclear plans: premier

(March 29, 2011) The premier of New Brunswick says he has no concerns about resuming the Province’s nuclear power generation. However, Energy Probe’s Norm Rubin says that the Point Lepreau nuclear plant will continue to be a safety hazard, even after costly refurbishments. Continue reading

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Norm Rubin: Thorium not the miracle solution nuclear advocates claim it is

(March 29, 2011) Energy Probe director of nuclear research Norm Rubin in the Toronto Star and The Week discussing why thorium is not the solution to the high costs of nuclear energy. Continue reading

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Norm Rubin discusses the future of Ontario nuclear power on The Agenda

(March 17, 2011) Energy Probe’s directer of nuclear research Norm Rubin appeared on The Agenda with Steve Paiken to discuss the future of Ontario’s nuclear power sector in light of the Japanese nuclear crisis. Continue reading

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A year after power deal, questions linger

(Oct. 29, 2010) One of the first things that you have to do to get real in planning an electricity system and running it, is to pass on the real commercial style costs of manufacturing electricity to your consumers, says Energy Probe’s Norm Rubin. Continue reading

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Problems plague N.B. power on anniversary of Quebec deal

(Oct. 29, 2010) One year on from New Brunswick’s power deal with Quebec, the problems remain, reports the Canadian Press. Continue reading

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