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Pickering Nuclear Licence Renewal

Pickering Nuclear Licence Renewal

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In August 2017, OPG submitted its licence renewal application to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). This requested 10 year licence term will cover the period between Sept. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2028.

The current plan is to operate the Pickering station until the end of 2024. The licence term between 2024 and 2028 will allow for safe storage activities such as removal of fuel and water.

The information provided through the application demonstrates the station meets all of the applicable requirements of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and the associated regulations. In addition, the station has completed a Periodic Safety Review (PSR), which is a comprehensive safety review of all safety aspects to support the licence renewal. The PSR concluded that the station is safe today and will be safe to operate to 2024. The results of the PSR, as documented in its Integrated Implementation Plan (IIP), have been reviewed and accepted by the CNSC.

The Pickering station continues to demonstrate a strong safety performance rating that is in the industry’s top quartile. Operational reliability has improved significantly, with two of Pickering’s units having record operational runs for Unit 5 and Unit 1 at 632 days and 622 days, respectively.

Documents supporting OPG's request can be found at the bottom of this page.

CNSC Intervention Filing Deadline is May 7, 2018

Members of the public who have an interest or expertise in this matter or information that may be useful to the Commission in coming to a decision are invited to comment on OPG’s application. Requests to intervene must be filed with the Commission Secretariat by May 7, 2018 using the online request form or by mail.

For the mailing address and more information on what must be included in an intervention, please see the Notice of Public Hearing and Participant Funding.

CNSC Offers Participant Funding - Nov. 20, 2017

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 Nuclear Generating Station licence renewal.

Participant funding totalling $100,000 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. 1, 2017.