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CNSC Hearings Begin in Kincardine

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Bruce Power is seeking a 10-year licence renewal.

Day 1 of the 4-day hearing into the 10-year licence renewal application by Bruce Power is in the books.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is hearing interventions both positive and negative on the matter.

On Monday night, it was positive as Bruce Power's environmental stewardship involving the fishing industry was highlighted by a presentation by the Lake Huron Fishing Club.

Club Vice-President Michael Hahn says they're excited about a new partnership with Bruce Power to help them partially remove the Truax Dam on the Saugeen River in Brockton, which has been a barrier to fish migration.

Hahn says removing the dam will improve fish populations upstream of Walkerton and Bruce Power has provided the money for what is called a "significant environmental improvement."

Bruce Power is using the project as compensation for fish losses that occur at the station due to withdrawal of cooling water from Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron Fishing Club has had several opportunities to discuss these losses with Bruce Power’s environment staff, and they are satisfied that the level of harm that occurs is minimal especially considering it is only a small fraction of what is commercially harvested from the lake each year. 

Hahn says they're proud of Bruce Power's environmental stewardship and have no problem supporting the facility with their application for a 10-year operating licence.

Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Environment for Bruce Power, James Scongack, says they believe the program will vastly improve fish habitat by up to 15,000 kilograms.

Brockton council has approved the removal of the dam.

CNSC hearings continue on Tuesday (MAY 29), beginning at 8:30am, with more interventions.

You can watch the proceedings here.

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