OPG was directed by the Province of Ontario in 2006 to begin the federal approvals process for new nuclear at an existing site, including an environmental assessment.
The New Nuclear at Darlington Project involves the construction and operation of up to four nuclear power reactors and up to 4,800 MW of electrical capacity and associated facilities, at OPG’s existing Darlington Nuclear site, to meet the base load energy needs of Ontario.
On Sept. 30, 2009, OPG formally submitted the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) - for details please visit the Environmental Assessment web page which provides information on work requiring early federal approvals. This includes the updated Application for a Licence to Prepare Site (LTPS), and applications to the Departments of Fisheries and Oceans, and Transport Canada.
In October 2009, a three-member Joint Review Panel (JRP) was mandated by the Minister of the Environment and the President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to assess the environmental effects of the proposed project and review the application for a licence to prepare a site.
On Aug. 25, 2011, the report of the Joint Review Panel for the proposed Darlington New Nuclear Project was released. The overall finding of the Joint Review Panel is consistent with OPG’s findings that, the Darlington New Nuclear Project will not result in any significant adverse environmental effects given available mitigations - for details please visit the Environmental Assessment web page.
The federal government has responded to the recommendations of the Joint Review Panel and approved the Darlington New Nuclear Project Environmental Assessment (EA).
On Aug. 17, 2012, OPG was granted the Licence to Prepare Site for the Darlington New Nuclear Project – for a copy of the federal press release and record of proceedings, please visit the more information page.
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