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CNSC Seeks Input on Bruce Power Licence Renewal Application

Regional | by John Divinski  

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will publish recommendations this week; Public meetings in May

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) invites everyone, for and against, to take part in the upcoming Bruce Power licence application hearings.

Bruce Power is going after a 10-year operating licence.

It's the first time the company has gone after a licence of that duration.

CNSC senior power reactor site inspector Jeff Stevenson was before Bruce County Council recently (FEB 1), saying his group has received Bruce Power's request and is reviewing it.

The CNSC will publish its recommendations on February 12th.

Stevenson says the CNSC welcomes input from the public.

There will be public meetings on the issue in Kincardine, May 30th and 31st.

There's also a meeting in Ottawa on March 14th, but it's more for Bruce Power to make its case to the Commission and for Commission members to ask questions, but it is open to the public.

Stevenson says in 2015, they had something like 140 submissions regarding a Bruce Power licence application and they expect at least that at this year's hearings.

He says they're considering a 10-year operating licence this time, because "International practices (of) periodic safety done on a 10-year cycle so then the 10-year cycle lines up with our proposed licence period."

The safety reviews are "comprehensive, systematic reviews of the plant against modern standards" that are done every 10 years.

You can submit an intervention online or by email:

[email protected]

or you make arrangements to present your intervention in person in late May.

Following Stevenson's presentation, Bruce County councillors voted unanimously to intervene, supporting Bruce Power's application.

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