Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

October 25, 2007 16:17 ET

CNSC Announces Decision to Issue an Operating Licence for Ontario Power Generation Inc.'s Darlington Waste Management Facility located in Clarington, Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2007) - Following a two-day public hearing held on June 22 and September 12, 2007, in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to issue an operating licence for Ontario Power Generation Inc.'s (OPG) Darlington Waste Management Facility located at the Darlington nuclear generating station in Clarington, Ontario. The licence is valid for a five-year period, until October 31, 2012.

In making its decision, the Commission requested that a status report be presented to the Commission on the performance of the facility at approximately the mid-point of the licence term. The status report will be presented at a public proceeding of the Commission.

During the public hearing, the Commission considered written submissions and oral presentations from OPG, CNSC staff and 11 intervenors. The Commission concluded that OPG is qualified to operate the facility and that it will make adequate provision for the protection of the environment, the health and safety of persons, and the maintenance of national security and measures required to implement international obligations to which Canada has agreed.

A Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision (http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/commission/pdf/2007-09-12-Decision-OPG-DarlingtonWMF-e-Final-E-docs3095832.pdf) and transcripts of the hearing are available on the CNSC Web site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca, or by contacting the CNSC.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment and to respect Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

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