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Pickering Power Plant - Concerns

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Pickering Power Plant - Concerns

Anyone have any issues around the Pickering power plant and living closeby to that area?

I've been here for a few years now in the Brock Road and 401 area but some of my family have big issues with the plant. It's actually frustrating talking to them especially since the plant emergency notification a few months ago (they think the government covered something up). They're of the belief that the plant is pouring god knows what into the water and that there's radiation sickness for people around it.

So redflagdeals..how do I approach this topic? Anyone who lives in Pickering that has had to deal with this?
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they keep all the spent nuclear materials in storage, dumping it is extremely illegal. radiation from a properly functioning nuclear power plant is significantly lower than background radiation that occurs naturally, but you can get a Geiger counter if you really wanted to. you can look at any number of studies that show this and also no increase in cancer etc. around nuclear power plants in ontario. if your family isn't satisfied with that, then that's a different problem.
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If they have issues, move. The plant was there long before them presumably.

It's no different than someone moving next to an airport and then complaining about the noise of planes
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I grew up in Pickering and no one I know has ever had any issues related to it at all
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I would get the Geiger counter, myself. That way you can at least have some measurement for yourself of what the situation is.
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I have lived in Whitby for 50 years - smack dab between 2 nuclear power plants.
Other than the "warning" there has been no concerns - even when they mailed out the iodine tabs. Meh.
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Hewhewhew wrote: (they think the government covered something up). They're of the belief that the plant is pouring god knows what into the water and that there's radiation sickness for people around it.
This sounds somewhat like conspiracy theorists, so honestly any actual proof or data you brought them would probably do little or nothing to change their already made-up mind.
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We couldn't even move East because my wife had issues with the power plant. Cut off all that cheap housing from our housing search.
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HghSsociety wrote: If they have issues, move. The plant was there long before them presumably.

It's no different than someone moving next to an airport and then complaining about the noise of planes
I should probably clarify. The family making comments are extended and do not live in Pickering. In fact, they've refused to come to the area for dinner and we've always had to go to them. I'm just not sure how I would convince them otherwise that it is safe here. My fiance's family is on the paranoid and risk adverse side of things so these comments always come up during our visits with them. They seem convinced that it is really easy to just up and move to York region when the price difference between the two areas is pretty high considering we are pretty use to detached living now (not to mention the moving costs). My fiance is extremely upset by their comments and I'm torn on what to do.
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So your extended family refuses to come to your house even if you are offering to cook? Sounds great tbh lol. It's like how I live downtown and no one visits us from the suburbs cuz there's no free parking.

In all seriousness, it is not rationale so there is no rationale way to talk through it. If they bring it up, ask them to help pay for a home in York Region (jokingly but also seriously).
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Hewhewhew wrote: I should probably clarify. The family making comments are extended and do not live in Pickering. In fact, they've refused to come to the area for dinner and we've always had to go to them. I'm just not sure how I would convince them otherwise that it is safe here. My fiance's family is on the paranoid and risk adverse side of things so these comments always come up during our visits with them. They seem convinced that it is really easy to just up and move to York region when the price difference between the two areas is pretty high considering we are pretty use to detached living now (not to mention the moving costs). My fiance is extremely upset by their comments and I'm torn on what to do.
It's just an excuse, they don't want to commute and they want you to live closer to them. That or they are legitimately incompetent hundreds of thousands of people live in surrounding areas and are fine.
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Living in Durham and knowing people living near the plant, no one has EVER gotten sick. There is so much containment and measures in place. We are not in a 3rd world country. That thing is secure, no one has died. This is not the Simpsons and we don't have 3 eyed fishes.

You and your fiance should worry about yourself, are you happy? Stop letting others dictate what you do. Where do they live? Toronto? Say you won't go because you'll get shot. Brampton? Say you won't go because someone will crash into you.
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Kkhan15 wrote: Living in Durham and knowing people living near the plant, no one has EVER gotten sick. There is so much containment and measures in place. We are not in a 3rd world country. That thing is secure, no one has died. This is not the Simpsons and we don't have 3 eyed fishes.

You and your fiance should worry about yourself, are you happy? Stop letting others dictate what you do. Where do they live? Toronto? Say you won't go because you'll get shot. Brampton? Say you won't go because someone will crash into you.
Yes I'm quite happy here. My fiance on the other hand varies mostly due to these comments from her mom's side of the family, they don't hold back with their opinions. I do try to tell her that the plant is safe and that the risk is super low as well as the fact that the plant is being decommissioned but she does get affected by what her family says.

I'll talk to her some more, but I'm glad to hear the consensus is that there should be nothing to worry about. Moving to York region would mean down sizing to a townhouse which I do not want to do.
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Hewhewhew wrote: Yes I'm quite happy here. My fiance on the other hand varies mostly due to these comments from her mom's side of the family, they don't hold back with their opinions. I do try to tell her that the plant is safe and that the risk is super low as well as the fact that the plant is being decommissioned but she does get affected by what her family says.

I'll talk to her some more, but I'm glad to hear the consensus is that there should be nothing to worry about. Moving to York region would mean down sizing to a townhouse which I do not want to do.
I actually work by the plant. and have a friend in the plant for last 10 years (pre-covid). No issues at all. Perhaps you can look up to see if there is any specific air testing done for the area?
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Talk about in-laws from hell.

If fiancé listens to them like it sounds... I don’t see a happy life ahead for you. Because it’s likely that this isn’t the only issue they will attack to get their way.

Just being completely honest.
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Since you mentioned water, if zoom out on map to see lake Ontario or lake Erie and search for nuclear plants you could see many nuclear plants on both sides of the border...I guess if it is there in the water then most likely it might have spread across Ontario..not just Pickering..
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Or you guys can ignore the inlaws for 4 more years till the remaining 6 units permanently shutdown in 2024.
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The OP question is confusing, I am not sure what answer he is looking for. Assuming this relates to concerns about the power plant in relation to real estate values then yes the plant will always be an overhang for real estate in the area (mostly in Pickering, let's say within 5km-10km of it although there are outlier areas (Port Union - Altona/Finch).

You can justify it all you want and people can tell you "they grew up fine" living next door to it, you are still going to alienate a number of potential people willing to buy/live near it for legitimate reasons. It's very similar to properties close to transmission towers, no one wants to live next to them if they don't have to.
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