Point Lepreau license extension

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on April 6 announced its decision to renew the Power Reactor Operating License issued to New Brunswick Power Nuclear for its Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station for a period of one year.

The license will be valid until June 30, 2012.

The Commission concluded that New Brunswick Power Nuclear is qualified to carry out the activities that will be permitted under the renewed license and that it will make adequate provision for the protection of the environment, the health and safety of persons, and the maintenance of national security and measures required to implement international obligations to which Canada has agreed.

With this decision, New Brunswick Power Nuclear is required to obtain prior approval of the Commission before reloading fuel in the reactor and proceeding with the restart of the reactor at the conclusion of the refurbishment outage. The Commission will consider the request for this approval in the context of a public hearing.

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