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Nuclear Power

Nuclear power meets more than 60 per cent of Ontario's electricity needs. It has two major benefits — low operating costs and virtually none of the emissions that lead to smog, acid rain or global warming. These benefits make nuclear a very attractive option for meeting the province's electricity needs well into the future.

Ontario Power Generation owns and operates the Pickering and Darlington Nuclear Power Stations. The two stations have a combined generating capacity of about 6,600 megawatts.

Safety

The number one priority at OPG’s nuclear stations is to ensure that there are no public safety concerns as a result of our operations. Our nuclear stations are designed with multiple safety systems and are staffed by station personnel who are extremely well trained.

In the more than four decades that nuclear energy has served Canada’s energy needs, no member of the public has ever been harmed as a result of a radiation emission from a nuclear power plant or waste storage facility. An excellent measure demonstrating that the public is protected at all times from radiation emissions is provided by the continuous monitoring of radiation exposure at the perimeter of our stations.

Community support

OPG is proud of our contribution to the communities in which we operate. We welcome the opportunity to talk with people about nuclear power and provide answers to your questions about our operations.

We encourage you to learn more by visiting our Information Centres. Learn about how our stations produce electricity and issues related to nuclear power, such as nuclear waste management.