News Release Article from  Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

CNSC Extends Bruce Power's Operating Licence Until May 2015

May 2, 2014 - Ottawa

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has extended for seven months the power reactor operating licences for the Bruce Nuclear Generating Stations A and B located in the municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.

As a result, public hearings for the renewal of Bruce Power’s operating licences are now tentatively scheduled for February 4 or 5, 2015 in Ottawa (Part 1) and April 14-16, 2015 in Kincardine (Part 2).

Bruce Power had requested the extension to ensure that all relevant documentation was available in time to facilitate more meaningful public participation in the upcoming public hearing process that had originally been scheduled for September 2014.

The Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision from the hearing on the extension that was held on April 24, 2014, has been published on the CNSC website.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians 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.

Quick facts

  • The power reactor operating licences for the Bruce Nuclear Generating Stations A and B were to expire on October 31, 2014. They are now valid until May 31, 2015.
  • Bruce Power is licensed by the CNSC to operate the Bruce A and Bruce B Nuclear Generating Stations, located in the municipality of Kincardine, on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, Ontario.
  • The CNSC has full-time staff at the stations who perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.
  • The Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station is the largest operating nuclear power plant in the world.
  • In 2012 and 2013, the CNSC authorized Bruce Power to return units 1 and 2 to service, following their refurbishment.

Bruce Power - A Reactor (139 of 403)

Aerial view of the Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station

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Aurèle Gervais
Media and Community Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
613-996-6860
1-800-668-5284
mediarelations@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca

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