In the Community
TIVERTON, ON – July 3, 2015 – The Bruce Power summer bus tour program is set to commence at the Visitors’ Centre on July 7 with three tours a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday throughout July and August.
Scheduled at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. the free tours begin with a short film presentation in the Centre’s theatre followed by a one-hour bus tour of the Bruce Power site. Pre-registration online at www.brucepower.com/bus-tours is recommended to ensure seating. Individuals without access to the Internet can call 519-361-7777.
“We’re pleased to be offering the tours again this summer,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “Last year public interest exceeded our expectations, so this summer we’ve added an additional noon-hour tour.”
Last summer more than 1,600 people signed up for the bus tours with an additional 2,500 drop-in visitors arriving to view the exhibits and displays. This year is shaping up to be just as busy. To date in 2015, more than 1,600 individuals have dropped by the Visitors’ Centre.
“For the third summer in a row we’re extending our regular Monday to Friday hours to include Saturdays,” said Scongack. “Being the world’s largest operating nuclear site and the area’s largest employer means there is a lot of public curiosity about Bruce Power. We’re happy to educate even more people about our site this summer.”
Safety tests at Bruce B
Bruce Power operators will be testing Boiler Safety Relief Valves in Unit 6 at Bruce B intermittently on Thursday, July 2.
The tests will involve short bursts of steam from valves on the roof of the facility. The sound might carry beyond the Bruce Power site boundary for short durations.
It’s an exciting day at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre when a new exhibit arrives.
Such was the case on June 25 when the new Plug N’ Drive exhibit was installed to be used as an educational tool to promote environmental sustainability. Electric cars emit about 90 per cent less CO2 than gas-powered cars and electricity is generally about 80 per cent less expensive than gasoline.
Stewards of Spring Creek, near Hepworth, have received a $22,600 boost from Bruce Power’s Environment Fund to continue their research and improvements to the area.
Dr. James Hamilton and the Hepworth Anglers Club have been conducting tests and making improvements to the creek over the past few years to help rainbow trout and salmon during spawning. The creek, which is formed by a series of natural springs, meets with the Sauble River and eventually empties into Lake Huron, creating an important habitat for fish reproduction.
Over the years, the Hepworth Anglers Club has made improvements to water oxygenation, rock beds and silt removal systems, while Dr. Hamilton and his students continue to gather data on the ground-fed creek, which is a rarity in southern Ontario. Bruce Power’s donation will assist with monitoring devices for Dr. Hamilton, so his research team can continue to help the Anglers Club improve the health of the creek and the creatures that rely on it.