Independent Environmental Monitoring Program: Gentilly-2 Nuclear Facility

Hydro-Québec is licensed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to operate the Gentilly-2 Facilities (G-2), located in Bécancour, Quebec. The G-2 nuclear power reactor was permanently shut down in December 2012. Since then, Hydro-Québec has conducted activities to stabilize and transition the G-2 Facilities to safe storage. Hydro-Québec also operates a nuclear waste management facility at the site. The licensee has a comprehensive environmental protection program to monitor and control radioactive and hazardous substances released from the site, determine concentrations in the environment, and assess exposure to the public.

The Independent Environmental Monitoring Program (IEMP) results for 2015, 2016 and 2018 indicate that the public and environment near the G-2 Facilities are protected and that there are no expected health or environmental impacts. 

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Gentilly-2 Points

Sample Type Sample Description Parameter 2015 Result 2016 Result 2018 Result Guideline/
Reference Level
Expected Health Impact (Yes/No) Sample Code
Air Ambient Elemental Tritium - N/A <1.9 Bq/m3 5,100,000 Bq/m3 No GI01-A01
Air Ambient Cesium-137 <0.0001 Bq/m3 N/A <0.000051 Bq/m3 2.56 Bq/m3 No GI01-A01
Air Ambient Tritiated water <2 Bq/m3 N/A <1.9 Bq/m3 340 Bq/m3 No GI01-A01
Air Ambient Cobalt-60 N/A N/A <0.000064 Bq/m3 0.832 Bq/m3 No GI01-A01
Air Ambient Iodine-131 <0.001 Bq/m3 N/A <0.00072 Bq/m3 0.228 Bq/m3 No GI01-A01
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cesium-137 1.24 Bq/kg dry weight 1.26 Bq/kg dry weight 1.0 Bq/kg dry weight 58.6 Bq/kg dry weight No GI01-S01
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cobalt-60 <1.00 Bq/kg dry weight <0.97 Bq/kg dry weight <0.9 Bq/kg dry weight 14 Bq/kg dry weight No GI01-S01
Vegetation Grass Cesium-137 <3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight <4.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight 52 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI01-V01
Vegetation Grass Cobalt-60 <3.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <4.8 Bq/kg fresh weight <3.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 605 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI01-V01
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cesium-137 N/A 2.07 Bq/kg dry weight N/A 58.6 Bq/kg dry weight No GI02-S04
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cobalt-60 N/A <0.97 Bq/kg dry weight N/A 14 Bq/kg dry weight No GI02-S04
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cesium-137 N/A 4.17 Bq/kg dry weight N/A 58.6 Bq/kg dry weight No GI02-SE01
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cobalt-60 N/A <0.97 Bq/kg dry weight N/A 14 Bq/kg dry weight No GI02-SE01
Vegetation Grass Cesium-137 N/A <4.5 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A 52 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI02-V04
Vegetation Grass Cobalt-60 N/A <4.8 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A 605 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI02-V04
Water Surface Water Gross Alpha N/A <0.09 Bq/L 0.09 Bq/L 0.5 Bq/L No GI02-W08
Water Surface Water Gross Beta N/A 0.09 Bq/L 0.14 Bq/L 1 Bq/L No GI02-W08
Water Surface Water Cesium-137 N/A <0.25 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L 10 Bq/L No GI02-W08
Water Surface Water Tritiated water N/A 3.3 Bq/L <3.0 Bq/L 7,000 Bq/L No GI02-W08
Water Surface Water Cobalt-60 N/A <0.30 Bq/L <0.28 Bq/L 12.1 Bq/L No GI02-W08
Air Ambient Elemental Tritium <2 Bq/m3 <1.9 Bq/m3 <1.9 Bq/m3 5,100,000 Bq/m3 No GI03-A03
Air Ambient Cesium-137 <0.0001 Bq/m3 <0.000049 Bq/m3 <0.000051 Bq/m3 2.56 Bq/m3 No GI03-A03
Air Ambient Tritiated water <5.57 Bq/m3 <1.9 Bq/m3 <1.9 Bq/m3 340 Bq/m3 No GI03-A03
Air Ambient Cobalt-60 N/A <0.000055 Bq/m3 <0.000064 Bq/m3 0.832 Bq/m3 No GI03-A03
Air Ambient Iodine-131 <0.001 Bq/m3 <0.0011 Bq/m3 <0.00072 Bq/m3 0.228 Bq/m3 No GI03-A03
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cesium-137 3.18 Bq/kg dry weight N/A N/A 58.6 Bq/kg dry weight No GI03-S03
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cobalt-60 <1.00 Bq/kg dry weight N/A N/A 14 Bq/kg dry weight No GI03-S03
Vegetation Grass Cesium-137 <3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 52 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI03-V03
Vegetation Grass Cobalt-60 <3.5 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 605 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI03-V03
Air Ambient Elemental Tritium <2 Bq/m3 <1.9 Bq/m3 <1.9 Bq/m3 5,100,000 Bq/m3 No GI04-A02
Air Ambient Cesium-137 <0.0001 Bq/m3 <0.000049 Bq/m3 <0.000051 Bq/m3 2.56 Bq/m3 No GI04-A02
Air Ambient Tritiated water <2 Bq/m3 9.3 Bq/m3 <1.9 Bq/m3 340 Bq/m3 No GI04-A02
Air Ambient Cobalt-60 N/A <0.000055 Bq/m3 <0.000064 Bq/m3 0.832 Bq/m3 No GI04-A02
Air Ambient Iodine-131 <0.001 Bq/m3 <0.0011 Bq/m3 <0.00072 Bq/m3 0.228 Bq/m3 No GI04-A02
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cesium-137 N/A 1.22 Bq/kg dry weight 3.9 Bq/Kg dry weight 58.6 Bq/kg dry weight No GI04-S03
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cobalt-60 N/A <0.97 Bq/kg dry weight <0.9 Bq/kg dry weight 14 Bq/kg dry weight No GI04-S03
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cesium-137 1.44 Bq/kg dry weight N/A N/A 58.6 Bq/kg dry weight No GI04-S04
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cobalt-60 <1.00 Bq/kg dry weight N/A N/A 14 Bq/kg dry weight No GI04-S04
Vegetation Grass Cesium-137 N/A <4.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight 52 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI04-V03
Vegetation Grass Cobalt-60 N/A <4.8 Bq/kg fresh weight <3.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 605 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI04-V03
Vegetation Grass Cesium-137 <3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 52 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI04-V04
Vegetation Grass Cobalt-60 <3.5 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 605 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI04-V04
Vegetation Grass Cesium-137 <3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight <4.5 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A 52 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI04-V05
Vegetation Grass Cobalt-60 <3.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <4.8 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A 605 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI04-V05
Water Surface Water Gross Alpha 0.09 Bq/L <0.09 Bq/L <0.04 Bq/L 0.5 Bq/L No GI04-W04
Water Surface Water Gross Beta 0.09 Bq/L <0.09 Bq/L 0.09 Bq/L 1 Bq/L No GI04-W04
Water Surface Water Cesium-137 <0.24 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L 10 Bq/L No GI04-W04
Water Surface Water Tritiated water 5.6 Bq/L 6.9 Bq/L <3.0 Bq/L 7,000 Bq/L No GI04-W04
Water Surface Water Cobalt-60 <0.28 Bq/L <0.30 Bq/L <0.28 Bq/L 12.1 Bq/L No GI04-W04
Water Surface Water Gross Alpha 0.08 Bq/L N/A N/A 0.5 Bq/L No GI04-W08
Water Surface Water Gross Beta <0.08 Bq/L N/A N/A 1 Bq/L No GI04-W08
Water Surface Water Cesium-137 <0.24 Bq/L N/A N/A 10 Bq/L No GI04-W08
Water Surface Water Tritiated water 7.3 Bq/L N/A N/A 7,000 Bq/L No GI04-W08
Water Surface Water Cobalt-60 <0.28 Bq/L N/A N/A 12.1 Bq/L No GI04-W08
food Milk Organically Bound Tritium 3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 2,260 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI05-F01
food Milk Cesium-137 <0.25 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 25 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI05-F01
food Milk Tritiated water 7.3 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 5,560 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI05-F01
food Milk Cobalt-60 <0.29 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 11 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI05-F01
Water Surface Water Gross Alpha <0.08 Bq/L 0.15 Bq/L <0.04 Bq/L 0.5 Bq/L No GI05-W05
Water Surface Water Gross Beta 0.10 Bq/L 0.18 Bq/L 0.06 Bq/L 1 Bq/L No GI05-W05
Water Surface Water Cesium-137 <0.24 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L 10 Bq/L No GI05-W05
Water Surface Water Tritiated water <3 Bq/L <3 Bq/L <3.0 Bq/L 7,000 Bq/L No GI05-W05
Water Surface Water Cobalt-60 <0.28 Bq/L <0.30 Bq/L <0.28 Bq/L 12.1 Bq/L No GI05-W05
Food Tomatoes Organically Bound Tritium <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight 0.17 Bq/kg fresh weight 50,300 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F02
food Tomatoes Cesium-137 <0.76 Bq/kg fresh weight <0.8 Bq/kg fresh weight <0.8 Bq/kg fresh weight 258 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F02
Food Tomatoes Tritiated water 8.0 Bq/kg fresh weight 6.3 Bq/kg fresh weight 6.9 Bq/kg fresh weight 123,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F02
food Tomatoes Cobalt-60 <0.84 Bq/kg fresh weight <0.9 Bq/kg fresh weight <0.8 Bq/kg fresh weight 242 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F02
Food Carrots Organically Bound Tritium <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <0.17 Bq/kg fresh weight 45,200 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F03
food Carrots Cesium-137 <0.77 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.1 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight 160 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F03
Food Carrots Tritiated water 6.0 Bq/kg fresh weight 5.8 Bq/kg fresh weight 2.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 104,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F03
food Carrots Cobalt-60 <0.88 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.2 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 373 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F03
Food Parsnips Organically Bound Tritium N/A N/A 0.45 Bq/kg fresh weight 45,200 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F10
Food Parsnips Cesium-137 N/A N/A <1.8 Bq/kg fresh weight 160 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F10
Food Parsnips Tritiated water N/A N/A 4.1 Bq/kg fresh weight 104,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F10
Food Parsnips Cobalt-60 N/A N/A <2.1 Bq/kg fresh weight 373 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F10
Food Galia melon Organically Bound Tritium N/A N/A <0.13 Bq/kg fresh weight 50,300 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F11
Food Galia melon Cesium-137 N/A N/A <0.8 Bq/kg fresh weight 258 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F11
Food Galia melon Tritiated water N/A N/A 4.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 123,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F11
Food Galia melon Cobalt-60 N/A N/A <1.0 Bq/kg fresh weight 242 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F11
Food Tomatillo Organically Bound Tritium N/A N/A 0.26 Bq/kg fresh weight 50,300 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F12
Food Tomatillo Cesium-137 N/A N/A <0.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 258 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F12
Food Tomatillo Tritiated water N/A N/A <2.3 Bq/kg fresh weight 123,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F12
Food Tomatillo Cobalt-60 N/A N/A <0.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 242 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F12
Food Cabbage Organically Bound Tritium N/A N/A <0.15 Bq/kg fresh weight 45,200 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F13
Food Cabbage Cesium-137 N/A N/A <0.9 Bq/kg fresh weight 160 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F13
Food Cabbage Tritiated water N/A N/A 5.4 Bq/kg fresh weight 104,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F13
Food Cabbage Cobalt-60 N/A N/A <1.0 Bq/kg fresh weight 373 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-F13
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cesium-137 2.91 Bq/kg dry weight 7.43 Bq/kg dry weight 4.5 Bq/kg dry weight 58.6 Bq/kg dry weight No GI06-S06
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cobalt-60 <1.00 Bq/kg dry weight <0.97 Bq/kg dry weight <0.9 Bq/kg dry weight 14 Bq/kg dry weight No GI06-S06
Vegetation Grass Cesium-137 <3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight <4.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight 52 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-V07
Vegetation Grass Cobalt-60 <3.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <4.8 Bq/kg fresh weight <3.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 605 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI06-V07
Water Surface Water Gross Alpha <0.08 Bq/L <0.09 Bq/L <0.04 Bq/L 0.5 Bq/L No GI06-W06
Water Surface Water Gross Beta 0.09 Bq/L 0.10 Bq/L <0.05 Bq/L 1 Bq/L No GI06-W06
Water Surface Water Cesium-137 <0.24 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L 10 Bq/L No GI06-W06
Water Surface Water Tritiated water <3 Bq/L <3 Bq/L <3.0 Bq/L 7,000 Bq/L No GI06-W06
Water Surface Water Cobalt-60 <0.28 Bq/L <0.30 Bq/L <0.28 Bq/L 12.1 Bq/L No GI06-W06
food Tomatoes Organically Bound Tritium <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A <0.14 Bq/kg fresh weight 50,300 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F04
Food Tomatoes Cesium-137 <0.76 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A <1.3 Bq/kg fresh weight 258 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F04
food Tomatoes Tritiated water 2.60 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A 3.9 Bq/kg fresh weight 123,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F04
Food Tomatoes Cobalt-60 <0.84 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A <1.6 Bq/kg fresh weight 242 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F04
food Carrots Organically Bound Tritium <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight 0.31 Bq/kg fresh weight 45,200 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F05
Food Carrots Cesium-137 <1.08 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.0 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.6 Bq/kg fresh weight 160 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F05
food Carrots Tritiated water 1.9 Bq/kg fresh weight <2.8 Bq/kg fresh weight 3.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 104,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F05
Food Carrots Cobalt-60 <1.27 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.3 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 373 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F05
food Blueberries Organically Bound Tritium <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 50,300 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F06
food Blueberries Cesium-137 <0.64 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 258 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F06
food Blueberries Tritiated water 2.7 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 123,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F06
food Blueberries Cobalt-60 <0.76 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A N/A 242 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F06
food Beets Organically Bound Tritium N/A <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight 0.27 Bq/kg fresh weight 45,200 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F08
Food Beets Cesium-137 N/A <1.1 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.4 Bq/kg fresh weight 160 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F08
food Beets Tritiated water N/A <2.8 Bq/kg fresh weight 2.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 104,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F08
Food Beets Cobalt-60 N/A <1.3 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.6 Bq/kg fresh weight 373 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F08
food Cabbage Organically Bound Tritium N/A <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight 0.24 Bq/kg fresh weight 45,200 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F09
Food Cabbage Cesium-137 N/A <0.9 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.0 Bq/kg fresh weight 160 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F09
food Cabbage Tritiated water N/A 3.9 Bq/kg fresh weight 5.8 Bq/kg fresh weight 104,000 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F09
Food Cabbage Cobalt-60 N/A <1.1 Bq/kg fresh weight <1.2 Bq/kg fresh weight 373 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-F09
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cesium-137 2.61 Bq/kg dry weight 3.05 Bq/kg dry weight 3.4 Bq/kg dry weight 58.6 Bq/kg dry weight No GI07-S07
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cobalt-60 <1.00 Bq/kg dry weight <0.97 Bq/kg dry weight <0.9 Bq/kg dry weight 14 Bq/kg dry weight No GI07-S07
Vegetation Grass Cesium-137 <3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight <4.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <3.2 Bq/kg fresh weight 52 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-V08
Vegetation Grass Cobalt-60 <3.5 Bq/kg fresh weight <4.8 Bq/kg fresh weight <3.7 Bq/kg fresh weight 605 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI07-V08
Water Surface Water Gross Alpha 0.09 Bq/L <0.09 Bq/L <0.04 Bq/L 0.5 Bq/L No GI08-W07
Water Surface Water Gross Beta 0.19 Bq/L <0.09 Bq/L 0.07 Bq/L 1 Bq/L No GI08-W07
Water Surface Water Cesium-137 <0.24 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L 10 Bq/L No GI08-W07
Water Surface Water Tritiated water 9.2 Bq/L 21.9 Bq/L <3.0 Bq/L 7,000 Bq/L No GI08-W07
Water Surface Water Cobalt-60 <0.28 Bq/L <0.30 Bq/L <0.28 Bq/L 12.1 Bq/L No GI08-W07
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cesium-137 <0.32 Bq/kg dry weight N/A N/A 58.6 Bq/kg dry weight No GI09-SA01
Soil 0 - 5 cm Cobalt-60 <1.00 Bq/kg dry weight N/A N/A 14 Bq/kg dry weight No GI09-SA01
Water Surface Water Gross Alpha <0.08 Bq/L <0.09 Bq/L <0.04 Bq/L 0.5 Bq/L No GI09-W01
Water Surface Water Gross Beta 0.16 Bq/L 0.11 Bq/L <0.05 Bq/L 1 Bq/L No GI09-W01
Water Surface Water Cesium-137 <0.24 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L <0.25 Bq/L 10 Bq/L No GI09-W01
Water Surface Water Tritiated water 8.6 Bq/L <3.0 Bq/L <3.0 Bq/L 7,000 Bq/L No GI09-W01
Water Surface Water Cobalt-60 <0.28 Bq/L <0.30 Bq/L <0.28 Bq/L 12.1 Bq/L No GI09-W01
food Milk Organically Bound Tritium N/A <1.5 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A 2,260 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI10-F07
food Milk Cesium-137 N/A <0.3 Bq/kg fresh weight <0.2 Bq/kg fresh weight 25 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI10-F07
food Milk Tritiated water N/A <2.8 Bq/kg fresh weight N/A 5,560 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI10-F07
food Milk Cobalt-60 N/A <0.3 Bq/kg fresh weight <0.3 Bq/kg fresh weight 11 Bq/kg fresh weight No GI10-F07
Air Ambient Elemental Tritium N/A <1.9 Bq/m3 N/A 5,100,000 Bq/m3 No GI11-A04
Air Ambient Cesium-137 N/A <0.000049 Bq/m3 N/A 2.56 Bq/m3 No GI11-A04
Air Ambient Tritiated water N/A <1.9 Bq/m3 N/A 340 Bq/m3 No GI11-A04
Air Ambient Cobalt-60 N/A <0.000055 Bq/m3 N/A 0.832 Bq/m3 No GI11-A04
Air Ambient Iodine-131 N/A 0.0011 Bq/m3 N/A 0.228 Bq/m3 No GI11-A04

1 The < symbol indicates that a result is below the provided laboratory analytical detection limit.

2 N/A - Not available

CSNC staff collecting water samples on the St. Lawrence River near G-2, September 2018.

Background

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA), licensees of nuclear facilities are required to implement an environmental monitoring program to demonstrate that the public and the environment are protected from emissions related to the facility’s nuclear activities. The results of these monitoring programs are submitted to the CNSC to ensure compliance with applicable guidelines and limits, as set out in regulations that oversee Canada’s nuclear industry.

The CNSC has implemented its IEMP to verify that the public and the environment around licensed nuclear facilities are protected. It is separate from, but complementary to, the CNSC’s ongoing compliance verification program. The IEMP involves taking samples from public areas around the facilities, and measuring and analyzing the amount of radioactiveand hazardous substances in those samples. CNSC staff collect the samples and send them to the CNSC’s independent laboratory for testing and analysis. Since the implementation of the IEMP, the area outside of the G-2 facility perimeter was sampled in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

2015, 2016 and 2018 results

All IEMP sampling plans for the G-2 site focused on radioactive contaminants. Each year’s site-specific sampling plan was developed based on the licensee’s approved environmental monitoring program and the CNSC’s regulatory experience with the site. CNSC staff collected air, soil, vegetation, water and food samples (such as milk and produce from local farms) in publicly accessible areas outside the G-2 site perimeter. The levels of radioactivity measured in these samples were below available guidelines and CNSC screening levels. CNSC screening levels are based on conservative assumptions about the exposure that would result in a dose of 0.1 mSv/year. No health impacts are expected at this dose level. View detailed sampling data.

Conclusions

The IEMP results for 2015, 2016 and 2018 confirm that the public and the environment in the vicinity of the Gentilly-2 Facilities are protected and that there are no expected health impacts. These results are consistent with the results submitted by Hydro-Québec, confirming that the licensee’s environmental protection program protects the health and safety of people and the environment.

To obtain the full technical IEMP report, contact us at , or call 613-995-5894 or 1-800-668-5284 (in Canada). Please provide the name of the facility and the report year.

Focus on health

The CNSC also conducts studies to assess the health of the public near nuclear facilities, including nuclear generating stations. For example, the CNSC conducted a large ecological study looking at radiation exposure and the incidence of cancer around Ontario nuclear generating stations. This study concluded that doses to the public were well below levels of natural background radiation and that people who live near nuclear generating stations are as healthy as the rest of Canada’s general population. Click here to access the CNSC’s library of health studies and third-party research.

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