Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

December 24, 2010 11:40 ET

CNSC Announces Its Decision to Extend by Six Months Hydro-Quebec's Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station and Radioactive Waste Facility Operating Licences, and to Agree to the Postponement...

...of the Submission of the Revised Safety Report for This Same Station

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 24, 2010) - Following a public hearing held on December 10, 2010, in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to extend the Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station operating licence, in order that the operation of this station might continue to June 30, 2011, under the same conditions as under the former licence. The Commission is also extending to June 30, 2011, the radioactive waste facility operating licence, with no change to the permitted activities. The nuclear generating station and its radioactive waste facility are in Bécancour, Quebec.

The Commission also agrees that Hydro-Québec may postpone to June 30, 2011, the submission of the revised safety report for the Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station.

During the one-day hearing, the Commission considered the CNSC staff recommendations and the submissions from Hydro-Québec.

The Commission is satisfied that the licensee meets the requirements of section 24 of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act. Also, it concludes that Hydro-Québec is qualified to carry out the activities that will be permitted under the renewed licence and that, in connection with those activities, it will make adequate provision for the protection of the health and safety of persons, the environment 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 (http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/commission/pdf/2010-12-10-Decision-HQ-Extension-e-Final-Edocs3657182.pdf) and transcript (http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/commission/pdf/2010-12-10-Transcription-Audience-Hydro-Quebec.pdf) of the hearing are available on the CNSC Web site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca or by contacting the CNSC. The webcast of the hearing is also archived on the same site for a period of 90 days.

The second day of the hearing on the Hydro-Québec application for the renewal and combining of its Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station and radioactive waste facility operating licences and for extension to December 2011 of the deadline for submission of the revised safety report will take place at Bécancour on April 13 and 14, 2011. For additional information, see the Notice of public hearing 2010-H-06 – revision 2 (http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/commission/pdf/2010-12-10-Notice-2010-H-06-Hydro-Quebec-e-Revision2-Edocs3625973.pdf).

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

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