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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CNSC Hearing for Bruce Power

Tiverton | by Kevin Bernard  

President and CEO will continue to strive for excellence after A plus report card.

Bruce Power President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne expects very few tough questions from members of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission on Wednesday as they review the companies latest safety report card.

Each year, CNSC does a report on all the nuclear power facilities in Canada.

That report is going to a full Commission hearing in Ottawa and members of Bruce Power will be on hand to answer any questions about the report.

The Bruce Power and Darlington nuclear stations received the highest marks of the five nuclear power sites rated during 2012.

In nearly all of the categories, Bruce Power received satisfactory ratings.

Bayshore Broadcasting News first reported last week that two areas of the report -- conventional health and safety as well as security -- received highest ratings of "Fully Satisfactory".

The CNSC says overall, Bruce Power would get an "A" rating with satisfactory being equivalent to an A, and fully satisfactory considered an A-plus.

Hawthorne tells Bayshore Broadcasting News regular assessments are important but his aim is for excellence, not just meeting regulatory standards.

Hawthorne adds the session in Ottawa will likely focus on Gentilly-2 in Quebec, which will be decommissioned soon and the refurbishment of Point Lepreau in New Brunswick.

The head of Bruce Power will spend some time highlighting how Unit 4 ran for 569 continuous days setting a record, and Bruce B's 4 units operated 125 days in a row without a shutdown, another record.




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