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PWMF Licence Renewal

PWMF Licence Renewal

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An aerial view of the Pickering Waste Management Facility.

PWMF Licence Renewed – Feb. 7, 2018

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) renewed the operating licence for the Pickering Waste Management Facility (PWMF), extending it by 10 years from April 1, 2018 until Aug. 31, 2028. In making its decision, the CNSC considered submissions from OPG and 12 interveners, as well as recommendations from its own staff.

The licence renewal for the PWMF will ensure: 

  • the continued operation of the Dry Storage Container (DSC) Storage Buildings
  • approval to construct and operate a new DSC Processing Building and
  • three additional DSC Storage Buildings on the Phase II site.

This will support the continued operation of Pickering Nuclear, pending other regulatory approvals. OPG continues to participate in stringent environmental reviews and monitoring of site operations to ensure there are no consequences to the environment.

For more information read the CNSC announcement.

Hearing Information

The CNSC public hearing pursuant to OPG’s PWMF licence renewal took place on April 13, 2017. For more information, read the CNSC notice and view the hearing agenda. The CNSC requested additional information which has been addressed, and the CNSC decision is pending prior to licence expiry on March 31, 2018. 

CNSC Offers Participant Funding - Nov. 4, 2016

Through its Participant Funding Program, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is offering funding to assist members of the public, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders in participating in the licence application review and Commission hearing process for OPG’s Pickering Waste Management Facility licence renewal.

Participant funding up to $50,000 is being offered for the provision of new, distinctive and valuable information, through informed and topic-specific interventions to the CNSC.

The deadline for submitting a completed participant funding application form to the CNSC is Dec. 9, 2016.

News Release: CNSC Participant Funding Program


Dry fuel storage is a proven safe and regulated technology that the PWMF has provided in support of the Pickering Nuclear reactors since 1996. The facility was planned to provide sufficient storage for used fuel from the Pickering reactors until the end of their service life.

Planned as a two-phased project, Phase 1 began operating in 1996, and contains a DSC Processing Building and two DSC Storage Buildings. The first of two Phase II DSC Storage Buildings, located just east of the Phase I area, was placed in service in 2009.

For more information, view the PWMF brochure.

As with the current licence, OPG will continue to safely manage, process and store nuclear waste at the PWMF, meeting all environmental and regulatory requirements.