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Archived - CNSC approves OPG's request to remove Pickering hold point

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to approve Ontario Power Generation Inc.'s (OPG) request to remove the regulatory hold point for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (NGS) located in Pickering, Ontario.

The removal of the regulatory hold point authorizes OPG to proceed with operation of the Pickering NGS beyond 210,000 Equivalent Full Power Hours (EFPH), up to 247,000 EFPH. The decision follows a public hearing held on May 7, 2014, in Ottawa (ON). During the hearing, the Commission received and considered submissions from OPG and 55 intervenors, as well as CNSC staff.

The Summary Record of Proceedings and Decision of the hearing is available upon request with the Commission Secretariat. A detailed Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision will be published on the CNSC website at at a later date. The webcast of the hearing is also archived on the same site for a period of 90 days.

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

  • OPG's current operating license for the Pickering NGS expires on August 31, 2018.
  • The Commission has directed OPG and CNSC staff to update the Commission on a detailed risk improvement plan for the Pickering NGS at the Commission public meeting in August 2014.
  • 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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