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Why I changed my mind about nuclear power: Transcript of Michael Shellenberger's TEDx Berlin 2017

November 21, 2017


An Assessment of Financial Risks of the Nuclear Refurbishment Plan

November 21, 2017

The Government of Ontario (the Province) has decided to refurbish ten nuclear reactors at the Bruce and Darlington Nuclear Generating Stations (BNGS and DNGS) and extend the life of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (PNGS) (collectively, the Nuclear Refurbishment Plan). The refurbishments are scheduled to take place from 2016 to 2033 and the total capital cost is estimated to be $25 billion in 2017 dollars.

The purpose of this report is to review how the Nuclear Refurbishment Plan will impact ratepayers and the Province and to identify how financial risk is allocated among ratepayers, the Province, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Bruce Power.

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November 21, 2017

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Bruce Power are pleased that the long-term economic, environmental and cost benefits of refurbished nuclear generation were confirmed by the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) in its report, “An Assessment of the Financial Risks of the Nuclear Refurbishment Plan,”

Read the OPG/Bruce Power News Release Here

CNSC, OPG operating licences for the Darlington and Pickering Nuclear Generating Stations

October, 2017

In October 2017, the Commission considered an application from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to amend the nuclear power reactor operating licences for the Darlington and Pickering Nuclear Generating Stations.   The Commission has amended the operating licences by incorporating the import and export of nuclear substances in contaminated laundry, packaging, shielding or equipment. The amended Pickering operating licence also incorporates the authorization for OPG to combine contaminated laundry from the Western Waste Management Facility with Pickering laundry before it is shipped to the United States.   These licensed activities were previously authorized under a separate nuclear substance and radiation device licence. This licence was revoked in conjunction with this licence amendment.   In making its decision, the Commission considered written submissions from OPG and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission staff, as well as written interventions from members of the public.

Read the record of decision for full details Here

COG-OCI Counterfeit, Fraudulent and Suspect Item (CFSI) Workshop

December 3 - 4, 2015


The objectives of two-day workshop were to: 1) provide a forum for the sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas on CFSI, 2) review work done to date by EPRI, utilities and suppliers, 3) discuss programs and policies aimed at dealing with CFSI using actual CFSI incidents encountered in the industry.

Key Points from the workshop

  • The industry must work together to gather, report and share CFSI information (setting up a common database would be a great start.)
  • Improve communications with and qualification of suppliers.
  • Inspection of procured items, where possible, should occur at source, upon receipt or prior to installation of the component.

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Nuclear Industry Views On Meeting Ontario's GHG Targets/
Cap and Trade Program

October 2015 - CNA

Two submissions from CNA on Ontario’s proposed cap-and-trade arrangement and nuclear's low-GHG profile.

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Driving Economic Growth & Keeping the Air Clean: The Role of Nuclear Power in the Great Lakes

September 2015 - Bruce Power Report

This report takes an in-depth look at nuclear energy in the eight states and two provinces that make up the region. The report is a collaborative effort between Bruce Power, the Council of the Great Lakes Region and the Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario.

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A Nuclear Future - A Feature by Mediaplanet

June 2015 - A Nuclear Future

Canada has never been closer to realizing its nuclear potential

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Hatch Ltd. - CNA  Report

Lifecycle Emissions of Nuclear, Wind and Natural Gas Power Generation


Download the Summary Report Here

Download the Full Report Here


OCI-CNA-EDC Presentations - EDC Workshop June 2014

EDC Presentation
"Nuclear Power Sector"

OCC Presentation
"EMA Global Growth Fund (Distribution)"

2013 Fact Book

The 2013 edition of the Canadian Nuclear Association’s nuclear energy fact book is now online and available for download. Canada and countries around the world are discussing energy matters like never before. The CNA’s nuclear handbook provides basic and factual material to contribute to decisions about the role of nuclear energy.

This book tells us about the history of nuclear power; the extent to which the technology is used worldwide; and its economic and environmental benefits. The accessible facts and graphics also show us how nuclear provides over 17% of Canada’s electricity with virtually no greenhouse gas emissions.

Click here to download the 2013 Canadian Nuclear Factbook.

CNSC Publications

  1. The CNSC has published a new factsheet on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM). The factsheet provides information on the regulation of NORM, as well as the safe handling and disposal of NORM.

    Read the factsheet:


  2. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has published regulatory document REGDOC-2.12.2, Site Access Security Clearance (formerly known as draft GD-384, Site Access Security Clearance for High-Security Sites)

    This document presents the CNSC’s expectations regarding the process for granting a site access security clearance (SASC) for authorized unescorted entry to a protected area.The SASC process helps ensure that unescorted persons entering protected areas would not pose a risk to facilities, their operation or personnel.

    For more information about REGDOC-2.12.2, see Information Bulletin 13-05:


  3. CNSC President Michael Binder attended the International Nuclear Regulators Associations (INRA) meeting in Tokyo, Japan on May 5-8, 2013.

    INRA is an association that comprises the most senior officials of the nuclear regulatory authorities. The main purpose of the association is to influence and enhance nuclear safety, from the regulatory perspective, among its members and worldwide.

    Representatives from member countries Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States attended the meeting.

    While in Japan, Mr. Binder also toured the site of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power.

    View the presentation:

Nuclear Energy 101

 CANDU Nuclear Technology is Safe

  • CANDU power plants are safe. The multiple, independent safety systems can quickly shut down the plant and maintain it safely in case of any malfunction or external event (such as the blackout of August 2003).
  • Nuclear power is the most extensively regulated form of energy, required to meet very stringent safety and environmental requirements for all aspects, from mining to used fuel management.
  • From the outset, the safety of CANDU nuclear power reactor has been a very high priority in their design and engineering. About one third of the cost of a CANDU power plant is due to safety systems and structures.
  • No member of the public has been harmed as a result of a radiation leak from a nuclear power plant or used fuel storage facility.

CANDU Nuclear Technology safely manages its used fuel

  • The Canadian nuclear industry is the only power industry in Canada that accounts for ALL its wastes: zero wastes escape plants.
  • The Canadian nuclear industry has been safely managing used fuel (waste) for more than 40 years.
  • The small amount of used fuel produced by Canadian nuclear power plants to generate huge amounts of electricity is controlled and stored in carefully managed facilities.
  • Used fuel is initially stored in water-filled bays at the site of the nuclear power plants for 5-10 years and then placed in large concrete canisters safely stored on site.
  • Long-term used fuel storage solutions are in place. Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has made recommendations to implement a phased approach to long-term disposal of used fuel. Their recommendations include: storage at reactor sites and long-term geological storage.
  • The amount of used fuel from nuclear plants is relatively small and is totally managed. On average, a 600 MW CANDU nuclear power plant produces only 20 cubic metres of used fuel bundles per year. The Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR-1000) is designed to have less waste volume.
  • The total amount of used fuel from Canada's nuclear power plants could be stored in one soccer field, to the height of one player. Used fuel is contained in a highly secured environment.

CANDU Nuclear Technology has proven Reliability

  • The worldwide CANDU 6 fleet has an excellent track record, with an 87.4 per cent average capacity factor, the highest in the world. CANDU nuclear technology performance ranks well ahead of the competition.
  • CANDU nuclear technology has demonstrated its capability of high performance, compared to other designs now in operation. In South Korea—which has significant operating experience running both CANDU power plants and foreign competitors' technologies—CANDU 6 power plants have matched or exceeded other competitors' performance. Three of the Korean CANDU 6 units were in the top 10 best performing power plants in the world during the last decade.
  • The top 3 CANDU 6 units achieved a 96% Capacity Factor for 2004 and are among the top 10 performing nuclear power plants in the world.

CANDU nuclear technology makes affordable energy

  • CANDU nuclear energy is a competitive source of electricity because it produces low-cost baseload power, similar to large hydroelectric energy sources. The greatest cost arises from the construction of the power plant; only a small fraction comes from the cost of the fuel supply.

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L3 MAPPS to Support Terrestrial Energy With Advanced Reactor Technology Development

Thursday, July 19, 2018
L3 MAPPS and Terrestrial Energy announced today that they have signed an agreement to develop real-time simulation for Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR), a Generation IV advanced nuclear power plant.

Moltex Energy signs agreement for first deployment of its SSR-W nuclear reactor in New Brunswick

Friday, July 13, 2018
Moltex is delighted to announce that it has also been selected by New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation and New Brunswick Power to progress development of its SSR-W (Stable Salt Reactor - Wasteburner) technology in New Brunswick, with the aim of deploying its first SSR-W at the Point Lepreau nuclear reactor site before 2030. 


Thursday, July 12, 2018
(LYNCHBURG, Va. – July 12, 2018) – BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) announced today that a subsidiary has signed an agreement with Bruce Power that will enable the two companies to collaborate on the development and supply of medical isotopes.

Bruce Power and Rolls-Royce expand digital partnership

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
In a move that supports Bruce Power’s vision of providing reliable electricity to Ontario until 2064, Rolls-Royce has signed a memorandum of understanding to be Bruce Power’s digital partner. This new agreement expands the two companies’ current T-104 program, which has exceeded its value delivery targets since starting in 2017. Rolls-Royce and Bruce Power will now collaborate more deeply to blend their skills and use leading industrial technologies to improve the reliability and cost effectiveness of maintenance at Bruce Power’s eight Ontario units.

ATS lands $60 million in new Bruce Power orders

Friday, June 29, 2018
CAMBRIDGE — ATS Automation Tooling Systems has landed a $60-million contract for specialized tools destined for the Bruce Power refurbishment project.

Clarington’s Darlington Nuclear to be new source of life-saving medical isotope

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Darlington will ensure supply of critical medical isotope used for diagnostic and medical treatments

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