Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

March 15, 2005 14:56 ET

CNSC: Notice of Public Hearing


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MARCH 15, 2005 - 14:56 ET

CNSC: Notice of Public Hearing

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2005) - The Canadian Nuclear
Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a one-day public hearing on the
Environmental Assessment Guidelines (EA Guidelines) for the proposed
restart of reactor Units 1 and 2 at the Bruce A Nuclear Generating
Station (NGS) and extension of their projected operating life until
2043. The proposal also includes the potential extension of the
projected operating life of reactor Units 3 and 4 until 2043 and the
potential use of Low Void Reactivity Fuel in all four units at Bruce A
NGS.



One-Day Hearing: May 19, 2005
Place: CNSC Public Hearing Room, 14th Floor, 280 Slater
Street, Ottawa, Ontario


Public hearings begin at 8:30 AM and follow the agenda published prior
to the hearing date.

Bruce Power Inc. (Bruce Power) has notified the CNSC of its intent to
apply for authorization to complete the repairs and modifications
necessary to restart Bruce A NGS Units 1 and 2 and extend their
projected operating life to 2043. Units 1 and 2 are currently in a
secure shutdown state. Bruce Power is also seeking permission for the
possible extension of the projected operating life of reactor Units 3
and 4 which were returned to service in 2003, and for the possible use
of low-reactivity fuel in all four units at the Bruce A NGS. Under the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the CNSC must complete an
environmental assessment of the project before deciding whether to
proceed with a licensing decision on Bruce Power's application. Based on
the results of the environmental assessment, the CNSC must determine if
the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental
effects, taking into account the application of appropriate mitigation
measures.

If the EA Guidelines are approved, the Commission will later hold a
public hearing on the results of the environmental assessment prepared
in accordance with the approved EA Guidelines and, at a further date, a
public hearing on the licence application.

The public is invited to comment on the EA Guidelines either by oral
presentation or written submission, or can simply observe the public
hearings. The draft EA Guidelines (scoping document) will be made
available to the public on March 18, 2005. Requests to participate
(interventions) and text of oral presentations or written submissions
must be filed with the Secretary of the Commission by April 19, 2005 at
the address below.

Agendas and information on the hearing process are available at the CNSC
Web site: www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca. Hearing documents (submissions) are
not available on-line and have to be requested through the Secretariat
at the address below:



c/o Louise Levert
Secretariat
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
280 Slater St., P.O. Box 1046
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5S9
Tel.: (613) 996-9063 or 1-800-668-5284
Fax : (613) 995-5086
E-mail: interventions@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca



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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
    Louise Levert
    Secretariat
    (613) 996-9063 or 1-800-668-5284
    (613) 995-5086 (FAX)
    interventions@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca