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Monday, February 6, 2012

Steam Transport Licence Expires

Kincardine | by Kevin Bernard  

Bruce Power says it can and will apply at a later date to transport steam generators.

A licence to transport 16 old steam generators for recycling in Europe has expired, but officials at Bruce Power say it's not a big deal.

A year ago, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission gave Bruce Power one year to transport old steam generators overland to Owen Sound for shipping thru the Great Lakes to Sweden.

That never happened, with the company delaying the shipment several months ago.

At the time, officials said  they would take whatever time is required to address the concerns of groups opposed to the shipment.

Bruce Power wants to recycle the decommissioned steam generators from Bruce A Units 1 and 2 instead of placing them into long-term storage.

The company’s plan has also been strongly supported by several communities in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties.

While the special arrangement licence issued by the CNSC has expired now, Bruce Power says there is no time limit on shipping the steam generators and, from their perspective, there is no urgency.

Claiming they have proven the sound science behind the plan, Bruce Power says it is not difficult to re-apply, and when it’s appropriate they will do so.


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