Bruce Power pleaded guilty in a Walkerton court today to an Environment Canada charge for failing to conduct a leak test on refrigeration equipment within the required 12-month period. The piece of equipment was an air conditioning system located at the Bruce Power Corporate Office building and is not associated with either nuclear facility.
The charge was laid in 2010 after it was discovered the required equipment check was conducted over six months late. There was no release of halocarbons from this equipment and Bruce Power cooperated fully with Environment Canada investigators. An improvement plan is in place to ensure inspections of refrigeration equipment are done in a timely manner.
Bruce Power will pay a fine of $40,000. It also agreed to contribute $20,000 to Environment Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund and $40,000 to local environmental organizations to assist with their conservation work in the surrounding communities.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates one of the world’s largest nuclear sites and is the source of roughly 25 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Ottawa. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Cameco, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.