Pickering Nuclear Generating Station

Notice of Public Hearing

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a public hearing to consider an application from Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) for the renewal of its Waste Facility Operating Licence for the Pickering Waste Management Facility (PWMF).

The current licence, which expires on March 31, 2018, authorizes OPG to process and store dry storage containers (DSC) containing used nuclear fuel, as well as intermediate-level waste that was generated from the refurbishment of the Pickering A units. OPG is also seeking approval to construct and operate additional facilities at the PWMF, including one DSC processing building and two DSC storage buildings.

Hearing Date Place Time
April 11, 2017 CNSC public hearing room, 14th floor, 280 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON As set by the agenda published prior to the hearing date

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Ontario Power Generation (OPG) owns and is licensed to operate the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, located in the municipality of Pickering on the north shore of Lake Ontario. OPG also operates a nuclear waste management facility at the station. The CNSC has full-time staff onsite who perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.

Aerial view of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station

Plant Information

Location: Pickering, Ontario
Operator: Ontario Power Generation
Reactor type: CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium)
Vendor: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Number of units: 8 reactors
Installed capacity: 3,100 MW
Status units 1 and 4: Operating
Status units 2 and 3: Safe storage
Status units 5, 6, 7 and 8: Operating
Licence issued: September 1, 2013
Licence expires: August 31, 2018
Start of commercial operation: Between 1971 and 1973 for Pickering units 1 to 4 and 1983 and 1986 for units 5 to 8
Special containment system: Common vacuum building maintained at negative atmospheric pressure
Licensing documentation: Request a copy of the Pickering licence and licence condition handbook by email

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As part of CNSC's regulatory requirements, major licensees must have robust public information and disclosure programs in place. These programs, for nuclear power plants, include a disclosure protocol developed in consultation with community stakeholders.

Most recent disclosure

January 6, 2014: OPG reported a spill of water mixed with oil in a storage building. Some of the contaminated water may have entered the conventional sewage system and reached the local sewage treatment plant. Visit OPG's Web site for more information on this event and older ones.

A CNSC inspector at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. The white tower is part of an emergency injection cooling system, one of the facility's many safety features.

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