Bruce Power issued a report today to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission outlining its review of initial lessons learned from the earthquake and tsunami inJapan, which led to the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant earlier this year.
The review concluded Bruce Power’s facilities continue to operate to the highest safety standards. In addition to actions already undertaken, the company identified opportunities to build on lessons learned from the event.
“Our nuclear facilities have a strong track record of safety that has served the province well for decades,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to make investments and improvements as part of our ‘Safety First’ culture and building on lessons learned from theFukushimaevent is a top priority for our organization.
“This submission today is another step forward to build on the lessons learned from the events inJapanso we can continue to operate to the highest safety standards,”Hawthorneadded.
Lessons learned included a review of the operation of our Corporate Emergency Support Centre and Site Management Centre in a severe external event such as a tornado or winter storm. Bruce Power will examine how these facilities would operate in the event of a prolonged loss of power, loss of normal communications, and loss of local infrastructure.
The submission also considers the geographic location of the Bruce Power Site and the characteristics of our environment, which are well understood after three extensive Environmental Assessment’s on the Site over the past 10 years. As the report identifies, the Bruce Site is located in very seismically stable area with minimal risk of flooding. Despite this, these facilities are designed to withstand events that could take place in this region.
Other key findings include the need for a review of how Bruce Power would reach and coordinate off-site staff in a severe external event, and make a determination if additional severe weather protection is required for emergency equipment stored on the Bruce site. Although drills are carried out on a frequent basis as part of our normal operations, this effort will culminate with a major drill in the spring of 2012 to test and assess this capability further.
With a strong focus on ‘Safety First’, the company has made the following improvements to enhance safe, reliable operations:
- In our first 10 years of operation, we have invested over $1.5 billion in plant upgrades as part of our ongoing operational excellence plan. This is in addition to our refurbishment of Units 1 and 2, which are closing in on completion.
- Developed an internationally-recognized emergency response organization, which was recently re-organized to ensure enhanced coordination. Approximately 400 people on the Bruce Power site form the basis of our industry-leading emergency response capability.
- Focus on industrial safety: with nearly 4,000 employees on site, over 22 million hours were worked without an acute lost-time injury, in 2010.
- Collaboration with other nuclear utilities inCanadaand around the world to share and learn from best industry practice.
Bruce Power continues to make information available to the public through our website, community updates and our Visitors’ Centre. A full copy of the submission can be viewed at www.brucepower.com.
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