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December 17, 2014 – Ottawa, ON

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced that New Brunswick Power (NB Power) completed all required fire protection upgrades to the Point Lepreau Generating Station.

In renewing the NB Power licence in February 2012, the Commission had established a regulatory hold point to ensure the company would reach overall compliance with CSA N293-07 Fire protection for CANDU nuclear power plants before the end of 2014. Upgrades made to the facility include, among other things, the addition of two onsite fire trucks and improvements to fire detection and suppression systems.

“CNSC staff carried out compliance and verification activities and has now confirmed that NB Power has successfully completed the required improvements to its fire protection program." said Ramzi Jammal, CNSC Executive Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Operations Officer.

A copy of the official CNSC decision is available upon request at

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.

NB Power new fire truck

Quick facts

  • The CNSC has inspectors stationed at each of Canada’s operating nuclear power plants.
  • In 2013, NB Power received satisfactory ratings in all safety and control areas of the CNSC annual report card, except in the area of conventional health and safety for which it received fully satisfactory.

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