Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

December 22, 2006 13:19 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Renewal of Operating Licence for Hydro-Quebec's Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generation Station

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 22, 2006) - Following a two-day public hearing, held on August 16, 2006, in Ottawa, Ontario and November 7, 2006, in Becancour, Quebec, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to renew the Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for Hydro-Quebec's Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station (NGS). The licence is valid until December 31, 2010.

In making its decision, the Commission requested that CNSC staff present a status report to the Commission on the performance of the Gentilly-2 NGS. The report will be part of the CNSC Staff Annual Report on the Canadian Nuclear Power Industry. 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 Hydro-Quebec, CNSC staff and 14 intervenors. The Commission concluded that Hydro-Quebec 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.

The Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision is available by contacting the CNSC. An English version will be published at a later date. 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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