Nuclear reactors in Canada are approved for safety

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) said four new nuclear reactors at the planned 4,800 MWe Darlington plant in Ontario are unlikely to cause adverse environmental effects.

In October 2009, a three-member joint review panel was mandated by the minister of the environment and the president of the CNSC to assess the environmental effects of the planned nuclear plant and review the application for a license to prepare a site.

The Ontario government in June 2009 stopped work toward building new nuclear reactors due to unacceptable bids from abroad and a lack of confidence in the future of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. at the time. AECL was acquired by Candu Energy in June 2011.

The Canadian government must now decide whether to allow Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to move on with the project. OPG has not picked a company to manufacture the reactors.

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