An Open Letter to Citizens of Whitecourt and Woodlands County
Published in the Whitecourt Star, January 30, 2008
The Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) is an independent body of people from all walks of life that believes that nuclear power has an important role to play in providing our planet with clean, abundant and economically priced energy. The CNS wants to help people understand.... it's not the technology that's necessarily complicated; it's the myths and misconceptions that complicate the understanding and appreciation of this vital industry.
If a cross section of the public were asked what they thought about aspects of nuclear energy, a broad range of answers could be anticipated as indicated in the following table:
All of these statements cannot be true; nor can they all be false. The CNS is dedicated to the exchange of reliable information in the field of applied nuclear science and technology. This encompasses all aspects of nuclear energy, uranium, fission and other nuclear technologies such as occupational and environmental protection, medical diagnosis and treatment, the use of radioisotopes, and food preservation. CNS membership is composed of individuals directly involved in the use or development of a nuclear technology as well as individuals who are interested in learning about it. Our members are eager to help you appreciate the rewards and problems associated with nuclear energy – and to dispel the myths and misconceptions which organized opposition groups are spreading. We are parents and grandparents ourselves and we would not support anything that we believe would be harmful to the environment and our families. We appreciate that anyone who has known the joy of holding their own child or grandchild has a vested interest in preserving a healthy and prosperous environment for future generations.
The CNS can provide access to information and speakers who are very capable of explaining issues surrounding nuclear energy. If we can be of help in assisting you with your public information events, if you need help doing your own research, or if you are interested in joining the CNS, please do not hesitate to contact us. Additional contact information and membership forms are available on our national website (www.cns-snc.ca). You may also reach the Chairman of the Alberta Branch of the CNS, Dr. Duane Pendergast, at (403) 328 – 1804, email firstname.lastname@example.org or member Paul Hinman at (780) 463 - 3105.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Eric Williams, P.Eng., President, CNS Duane Pendergast, Ph.D., P.Eng., Chairman, Alberta Branch