Nuclear power plant in Canada receives license renewal

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) said on Feb. 17 it is renewing the Power Reactor Operating License issued to New Brunswick Power Nuclear (NBPN) for its 635 MW Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, for the period between February 17, 2012 until June 30, 2017. In addition, the Commission grants NBPN permission to proceed with fuel reload and restart of the reactor.

The Commission, in making its decision, considered information presented for a public hearing held on October 6, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario and on December 1 and 2, 2011 in Saint John, New Brunswick.  During the public hearing, the Commission received and considered submissions from NBPN and 37 intervenors, as well as CNSC staff’s recommendations.

The Commission is satisfied that the licensee meets the requirements of section 24 of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.  The Commission concludes that NBPN 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, the Commission has recommended the completion of a site-specific seismic hazard assessment. The Commission further requires that NBPN share the results of this assessment as part of its public information program.

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