CNSC accepts EA for Bruce A Unit 1 and 2 restart project
TIVERTON, ONT-The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has accepted the environmental assessment for the Bruce A restart project. This marks a milestone for the proposal, making Bruce Power is the first nuclear utility in Canada to successfully complete an EA on a major life extension project. "With this historic Environmental Assessment complete, our team of contractors can now move beyond the preparatory phase and into the heart of our restart activities," said Duncan Hawthorne, president and CEO of Bruce Power. After considering information provided during a May 19 public hearing plus a series of public consultations with local communities, stakeholders and First Nations over the past year, the CNSC agreed that restarting Units 1 and 2 will not cause significant adverse environmental effects. Units 1 and 2 are currently being kept in what is known as a defuelled, guaranteed shutdown state. Restarting them will increase Bruce Power's total electricity output by an additional 1,500 megawatts (MW) to more than 6,200 MW, making it the source of about 25% of Ontario's electricity on a typical day. As with the earlier restart of Units 3 and 4, Bruce Power will require CNSC approval before the reactors can be loaded with fresh fuel and operated at power. More information is available from John Peevers at Bruce Power, 519/361-6583, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.