Bruce Power company had an ambitious plan to build nuclear power plant in Alberta province, Canada, considering Lac Cardinal site, 30 kilometres west of Edmonton town. However, this spawned heated debate and protests  and the company proposed another site about 30 kilometres north of Peace River [1, 2]. The residents, here, also raised their concerns regarding the plant [1, 9].
As pro nuclear proponents argued that the technology would help to replace the province’s vast oil sands with fewer greenhouse gas emissions , residents of both sites were concerned about the proximity of the project to a freshwater sources that provides drinking water for the area but also about negative impacts on wildlife in the areas . Further to this, environmentalists mentioned potentially dangerous seismic activity in the region and risks of radioactive contamination for their water sources .
Activists wrote a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency asking for a joint federal provincial environmental review panel because that would require public hearings . Then, the Alberta government appointed a panel of scientific, business, economic experts to study the pros and cons of nuclear power plant . Activists wanted to make sure the residents of the area "have the best possibility to be involved in any decision about a nuclear plant in their backyard" .
In addition, mayors in northern British Columbia near the Alberta border were also concerned they haven't yet been consulted about the possibility a nuclear power plant could be built so close to their communities . "I will not be supportive of a project of this size and scale and proximity to our community", one mayor stated .
The resistance against nuclear power plant plant and several other projects, such as dam, hydro-fracked shale gas wells, and tar sands close to Peace river was covered in a film by Charles Wilkinson called Peace Out . People on the frontline against such damaging projects argued that "Peace River territory will became an industrial park" .
Finally, public consultation was done in 2009, in which more than half of 3,600 respondents opposed nuclear energy. Peace River Environmental Society opposed the plan for years because "of the risk something could eventually go wrong at the plant, the spokesman of the society stated. "I feel Alberta spoke up. We looked at this and said we really don’t want this going on in our backyard. There’s a lot of other options we need to exhaust before we consider nuclear" .
In December 2011, Bruce Power announced it would no longer go ahead with nuclear power plant proposed for Peace River  and the company CEO added: "We've decided the new nuclear option in Alberta is not something our company will be progressing further" .