Facts Matter When It Comes to Safety
Once again, anti-nuclear activists posing as climate advocates known as the Ontario Clean Air Alliance are making false and misguided claims about Canada’s world-leading clean energy nuclear industry. Based on a one-sided media report, this group is seeking to prematurely end operation of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. This would not only undermine Ontario’s fight against climate change but comes at a time when the facility is demonstrating leading safety performance.
Safety is, and always has been, the number one priority for the nuclear industry in Canada and that has been demonstrated through a strong track record verified through a rigorous independent Regulatory process at Pickering. When it comes to the safety of our employees, their families and our local communities, it’s important to have a questioning attitude, but what is being portrayed on social media by these anti-nuclear advocates is nothing short of fear mongering.
The CNSC requires all operators of nuclear reactors, through their operating license, to demonstrate the continued fitness for service of pressure tubes and other critical components.
The industry continues to demonstrate the integrity of these pressure tubes through extensive inspection, maintenance and analysis for all reactors. These activities are carried-out consistent with best practice and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards.
The truth of the matter is there is no basis for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to reconsider current operations in Pickering. The Commission writes “in a five-day public hearing in 2018, the Commission considered OPG’s application for continued operation of the PNGS for a proposed 10-year period. The Commission listened to and questioned the scientific and expert evidence presented, including detailed information on the safety of the pressure tubes, and it heard directly from stakeholders, Indigenous groups and the public. The Commission concluded that OPG had demonstrated that it was fully qualified to conduct the PNGS operations in a safe manner, that continued operation of the PNGS until December 2024 would adequately protect the health and safety of people and the environment, and it therefore renewed the operating licence.”
The CNSC is a world-renowned safety regulator and is well regarded internationally for its unwavering commitment to safety. The employees at Pickering also take their role as nuclear professionals seriously and their commitment to Safety every day.
Perhaps the so called clean air advocates should focus their efforts on promoting nuclear power’s success in eliminating smog days in Ontario to help its neighbouring jurisdictions do the same.
Canada’s nuclear industry is always committed first and foremost to the safety of our communities and the 76,000 employees and their families who support the work we do to protect the environment and keep the lights on every day. We are proud of this, and of the industry’s contribution to clean, affordable, reliable energy that helped phase out coal-power in Ontario and which will play a major role in helping Canada fight climate change and achieve Net-Zero emissions by 2050.
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