One of the conditions within the approved EA is the requirement for Bruce Power to conduct a follow-up monitoring program.
The primary purpose of this program is two-fold – to assist in determining if the environmental and cumulative effects of the project are as predicted in the EA study report; and, to confirm whether the mitigation measures are effective and thus determine if new mitigation measures are required.
The follow-up program includes both the refurbishment (2007-11) and operations phases (starting in 2012) of the project.
Bruce Power was delegated to conduct the follow-up monitoring program by the CNSC and was responsible for proposing a follow-up monitoring work plan to the CNSC for consideration. Bruce Power submitted an initial follow-up program work plan to the CNSC in September 2007. Taking into account comments provided on the initial work plan, a revised follow-up program work plan was submitted to the CNSC for review in December 2008, and was accepted by the CNSC on Aug. 24, 2009.
Bruce Power is required to annually submit a follow-up monitoring report; the report outlines data collected in various environmental elements. Environmental Elements may vary year-to-year as not every element is required to be evaluated each year. Some examples of environmental elements that are a part of the follow-up monitoring program include:
- Radiation and Radioactivity, Dose to Workers (Element 1.1a);
- Radiation and Radioactivity, Dose to Members of the Public (Element 1.2a);
- Radiation and Radioactivity, Dose to Aquatic Biota (Element 1.3);
- Radiation and Radioactivity, Groundwater Quality (shallow wells) (Element 1.4);
- Aquatic, Aquatic Biota (lake whitefish) (Element 3.1)
- Aquatic, Aquatic Biota (deepwater sculpin) (Element 3.3);
- Aquatic, Aquatic Biota (smallmouth bass fishing pressure) (Element 3.5);
- Aquatic, Aquatic Biota (smallmouth bass nesting) (Element 3.6)
- Geology, Hydrogeology & Seismicity (groundwater quality) (Element 5.1);
- Terrestrial, Wildlife Communities and species (white-tailed deer) (Element6.1); and
- Socio-Economic Population and Economic Base (tourist visitation statistics) (Element 7.1)