Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

May 07, 2007 16:12 ET

CNSC Announces Early Referral Decision on Environmental Assessment Track Regarding Bruce Power Inc.'s Proposal to Construct and Operate a Nuclear Power Generating Station in Kincardine, Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 7, 2007) - Following a Commission meeting on April 11 and 12, 2007 in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to request to the federal Minister of the Environment that Bruce Power Inc.'s proposal for the site preparation and the construction and operation of up to four new nuclear reactors at the Bruce Power Nuclear site, be referred to a review panel. The Minister of the Environment must now decide on this recommendation. An environmental assessment (EA) is required pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA).

The Commission, in making its decision, considered Bruce Power's application and project description. The Commission also considered preliminary consultation with the First Nations, the views already expressed by public interest groups and in media reports on major nuclear projects, as well as the Commission's extensive experience with consultation on major nuclear projects. The Commission determined that public concerns warrant that a request is made to the Minister for an early referral to a review panel.

The Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision is available upon request to the Commission Secretariat.

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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