November 07, 2008 11:52 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 7, 2008) - On October 31, 2008, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) received an application for a licence to prepare a site and a project description from Bruce Power Erie Inc. for a proposed new nuclear power plant in the Haldimand-Norfolk region of southern Ontario. The submission mentioned that two nuclear reactors would be built at the future plant to potentially generate between 2,200 and 3,200 megawatts of electricity to the Ontario grid.
The application for a licence to prepare a site is the first in a series of applications to build and operate a new nuclear power plant, as part of the CNSC licensing process.
"Canada is at the forefront of nuclear regulation in the world, thanks to the development of a rigorous and efficient system for licensing new nuclear power plants. This system, combined with CNSC's extensive experience in regulating a wide range of nuclear activities, can assure Canadians that we strive for the highest standards of health, safety, security and environmental protection," said Michael Binder, President and CEO of the CNSC. "At the same time, we proceed in an open and transparent manner, which includes significant public participation throughout the entire process, starting with the environmental assessment," Mr. Binder added.
Next, the CNSC will be reviewing the project description to ensure that its documentation is complete. If necessary, the nuclear regulator will request Bruce Power Erie to provide any missing or additional information. When the project description is deemed to be adequate, the CNSC will initiate the environmental assessment process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
The environmental assessment (EA) process is a pre-requisite for the licensing of a new nuclear power plant. An EA identifies whether a specific project is likely to cause significant environmental effects, and determines if those effects can be avoided or mitigated. No licence decision can be made before an EA has been completed. While carrying out an EA, the CNSC works closely with other provincial and federal agencies and consults the public and aboriginal groups.
Further developments in the proposed project - starting with the application for a licence to prepare site and the project description - will also be tracked through the Government of Canada's recently created Major Projects Management Office.
About the CNSC:
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; and to respect Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Covering letter (http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/covering_letter.pdf) and application for a licence (http://file.marketwire.com/release/licence.pdf) to prepare site received from Bruce Power Erie Inc. (CNSC has not reviewed the application for its completeness)
INFO-0756 (Revision 1): Licensing Process for New Nuclear Power Plants in Canada (http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/pubs_catalogue/uploads/I0756_R1_e.pdf)
Canadian Nuclear Safety CommissionAurele GervaisMedia and Community Relations613-996-6860
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