Bruce A and B Nuclear Generating Stations

Latest OSART mission report to Canada at Bruce Power now available

On May 13, 2016, Bruce Power released the full report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Operational Safety and Review Team (OSART) mission that was done in the Bruce B Nuclear Generating Station from November 30 to December 17, 2015. The purpose of the mission was to review operating practices in the areas of Leadership and Management for Safety; Training & Qualification; Operations; Maintenance; Technical Support; Operating Experience feedback; Radiation Protection; Chemistry; Emergency Preparedness and Response; Accident Management; interactions between Human Technology and Organization, and Long Term Operations.

During the mission, the team reviewed many of the plant's programs and procedures, observed work in progress, and held in-depth discussions with plant personnel. The conclusions of the OSART team were based on the plant's performance compared with the IAEA Safety Standards. The OSART team concluded that Bruce Power is committed to improving the operational safety and reliability of the plant. The team outlined good areas of performance, such as the development of an effective overall technical strategy to manage reactor safety and the use of wide range of engaging training settings to provide learning and development opportunities to employees. In total, the report identifies 10 good practices, 25 good performances, 12 suggestions and 5 recommendations.

Bruce Power is meeting all current regulatory requirements, and the recommendations and suggestions of the OSART mission report are considered to be improvements to existing safe practices. Read Bruce Power’s letter on the OSART report.

A follow-up visit will be conducted 18 months after the initial mission. The CNSC Integrated Action Plan on the Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident called for the IAEA to conduct OSART missions at all Canadian NPPs, starting in 2015. These missions will provide opportunities for Canadian NPP operators to benefit from the dissemination of information on industry best practices and to broaden their experience and knowledge.

About the OSART mission: The Bruce Power OSART mission was conducted at the request of the Government of Canada and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. It was the fifth mission in Canada since 1983 and the 188th of the IAEA program, which began in 1982. The team was composed of IAEA staff members and experts from Finland, France, Hungary, India, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the UK and the US. The collective nuclear power experience of the team was approximately 380 years.

Bruce Power is licensed to operate the Bruce A and Bruce B Nuclear Generating Stations, located in the municipality of Kincardine on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, Ontario. Bruce Power also operates a nuclear waste management facility onsite. The CNSC has full-time staff at the stations who perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.

Plant Information

Aerial view of the Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station

Location: Kincardine, Ontario
Operator: Bruce Power
Reactor Type: CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium)
Vendor: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Number of units: 8 reactors
Installed capacity: 6,232 MW (Bruce A & B combined)
Status: All units operating
Licenses issued: June 1, 2015
Licenses expire: May 31, 2020
Start of commercial operation: Between 1977-1979 for Bruce A and 1984-1987 for Bruce B
Refurbished units: Bruce A units 1 and 2
Special containment feature: Common vacuum building maintained at negative atmospheric pressure
Licensing Documentation: Request a copy of the Bruce A and Bruce B licences and licence condition handbooks by email

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Regulatory Reporting and Documents

CNSC inspectors inside the Bruce Nuclear Generation Station

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Adjacent Nuclear Facilities and Project

Ontario Power Generation Deep Geologic Repository

The site preparation, construction and operation of a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) is proposed for the disposal of low- and intermediate-level radioactive wastes on the Bruce Site in Tiverton. The DGR will also hold waste produced from the continued operation of the Bruce, Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations.

Find out more about the status of this project.

Western Waste Management Facility

The Western Waste Management Facility is owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and stores low level radioactive wastes from the Bruce A and B reactors as well as from the Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations. The Western Waste Management Facility also houses used fuel from Bruce A and B along with refurbishment waste from Bruce A.

Douglas Point Waste Management Facility

The Douglas Point Waste Management Facility (DPWMF) is located at the site of the former Douglas Point Nuclear Generating Station (DPNGS) situated on the Bruce nuclear site. Decommissioning of this prototype reactor began in 1986, and the transfer of spent fuel from wet storage in the reactor pool to a dedicated dry storage facility was completed by 1987. The DPWMF is presently in the storage-with-surveillance phase of a deferred decommissioning program and is closed to the receipt of new wastes.

Bruce Heavy Water Plant

The Bruce Heavy Water Plant (BHWP) was a Class 1B nuclear facility contained within the boundaries of the Bruce nuclear site located in Tiverton, Ontario. It began producing heavy water in 1973 and continued until the last production facilities were shut down in 1998. The demolition of the BHWP was completed in 2006. All contaminated soil has been remediated, and the project is in the end-state of environmental monitoring.