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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Nuclear Safety Hearing

Ottawa | by Kevin Bernard  

Duncan Hawthorne will speak at CNSC hearing about Fukushima lessons learned.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is holding a day long hearing in Ottawa into the activities of Nuclear Power producers following the events at Fukushima, Japan.

Officials from Hydro Quebec, Ontario Power Generation, Candu Energy and Bruce Power are among the presenters on Thursday.

President and CEO of Bruce Power -- Duncan Hawthorne -- tells Bayshore Broadcasting News although a tsunami is an unlikely scenario in Canada, the disaster still provides some lessons.

Hawthorne says regardless of the cause of disaster, if your on-site installed equipment isn't working you need some sort of backup.

As a result, Bruce Power has purchase mobile equipment that can pump water into a plant should you need it.

Hawthorne says having more portable equipment not only helps your own operation, but can be used to assist other sites facing a major disaster.

Bruce Power has also revisited its emergency planning arrangements at the Tiverton plant with Emergency Measures Ontario and others.

Hawthorne says opponents of Nuclear power will be at the hearing in Ottawa and will likely bring out the same old arguments against Nuclear.

Hawthorne is the last presenter and is speaking around 3 PM.


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