Canadian panel weighs operating future of Darlington station

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will consider renewal of the operating license for an Ontario Power Generation (OPG) nuclear facility during a hearing that starts Dec. 3.

The three-day hearing about the Darlington nuclear power site will be held at the Hope Fellowship Church in Courtice, Ontario.

CNSC is reviewing an environmental assessment of OPG’s proposed refurbishment and continued operation of the Darlington nuclear station. OPG has applied to renew the Darlington waste management license. OPG is also seeking to renew the nuclear power operating license for Darlington until Dec. 31, 2014.

The hearing will feature presentations by OPG, the CNSC staff, the Sierra Club Canada, and its Ontario Chapter, among various other groups.

The proceedings are scheduled to be webcast.

The Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is OPG’s newest CANDU (CANadian Deuterium Uranium) nuclear generating station. It is a 4-unit station with a total output of 3,512 MW and is located in the Municipality of Clarington in Durham Region, 70 km east of Toronto.

The Joint Review Panel (JRP) of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced in August its decision to issue a Nuclear Power Reactor Site Preparation License to OPG for its new nuclear power plant project at the Darlington nuclear site for a period of 10 years.



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