OPG Sets Timeline To Provide New Information On Nuclear Waste Repository Study

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Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will submit additional information to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) on alternate sites for a proposed deep geologic repository for nuclear waste by May 26.

By Blackburn News
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will submit additional information to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) on alternate sites for a proposed deep geologic repository for nuclear waste by May 26.

OPG’s Fred Kuntz says they have spent a decade working toward the approval of a Deep Geologic Repository to store low and medium level nuclear waste at Bruce Power in Kincardine.

And he says it doesn’t take long to study alternate locations because the required research doesn’t include actual site studies, just the environment affects of alternate locations.

“And so that was done on a regional basis. And that was a methodology approved by the CEAA. The Bruce site is an actual site and core samples have been drilled there. And so it’s a different degree of study,” explains Kuntz.

OPG will submit additional information about the alternate location summaries, and about the cumulative effect of the possibility of two nuclear waste repositories located near one another.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization, meantime, is studying a number of locations for a second repository which would store used nuclear fuel, and several of those sites would be near the planned OPG nuclear waste storage repository.

OPG says once they receive Environmental Assessment approval, they would apply for a construction licence. That would be followed by further design work and site preparation. The DGR would not be in service until 2026 at the earliest.

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June 15, 2017 – Ottawa

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to renew New Brunswick Power Corporation’s (NB Power) Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS), located on the Lepreau Peninsula, NB. This decision was made following a two-part public hearing held on January 26, 2017 in Ottawa, ON and on May 9–11, 2017 in Saint John, NB. The licence will be valid from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2022.

In making its decision, the Commission considered submissions from NB Power and 94 intervenors, as well as CNSC staff’s recommendations.

CNSC staff will report annually on the performance of the PLNGS at a public Commission meeting where members of the public will have the opportunity to intervene.

The Summary Record of Decision is available in both official languages on the CNSC website at nuclearsafety.gc.ca or by contacting the CNSC Secretariat. A detailed Record of Decision will be published on the CNSC website at a later date. Hearing transcripts can be obtained on the CNSC website or by contacting the CNSC. The hearing webcast is available on the same site for 90 days.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

 

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  • NB Power owns and is licensed to operate the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station

  • NB Power also operates a nuclear waste management facility at the station

  • The CNSC has full-time staff onsite who perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions

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