New Brunswick Power seeks licence renewal for Point Lepreau nuclear plant

New Brunswick Power said Nov. 28 that it has begun at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) the process for a five-year renewal of its Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (NGS).

The current licence that authorizes NB Power to operate Point Lepreau expires June 30, 2017. In June 2016, NB Power applied for a five-year PROL issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. NB Power is preparing for a two-part public hearing process which begins in early 2017. The hearings will be open to the public and streamed live on the CNSC website.

Said Brett Plummer, Site Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer: “In the coming months, as part of the licence renewal process, we will be demonstrating to the regulator that PLNGS continues to operate safely, meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, to protect our staff and the public.”

  • Part 1 of the hearing will occur on Jan. 26, 2017, in Ottawa, Ontario. It will involve presentations from NB Power and CNSC staff to commission.
  • Part 2 of the hearing will occur May 10-11, 2017, in Saint John, New Brunswick. The commission members will continue the hearing process with participation from NB Power and CNSC staff. During Part 2, registered intervenors will have an opportunity to make presentations to the CNSC Commission.

Commissioned in 1983, the 660-MW (net), single-unit Point Lepreau plant was the first CANDU-6 nuclear facility to begin commercial operation. The plant is located about 40 kilometers west of Saint John, New Brunswick, on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. NB Power also operates a nuclear waste management facility at the station.

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