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Bruce Power Media Centre

Bruce Power is committed to open and timely communications. Here you will find all current and archived media releases dating back to our formation in May 2001.

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Win free electricity for a year in Bruce Power contest

TIVERTON, ON – August 26, 2014 – Bruce Power is once again offering people a chance to win free electricity for a year.

The contest features Bruce Power’s Cost and Clean Air, Energy Conservation and Electric Vehicle Calculators and Ontario residents become eligible after correctly answering three questions using the calculators, which are available on our iPad and iPhone apps, as well as brucepower.com.

“Our contest was a huge hit last year in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties, so we decided to open it up to all Ontarians this year,” said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “It also gives us a great opportunity to introduce people to our three calculators, which use real data to show how clean, reliable and cost-effective Bruce Power nuclear is when compared to other forms of electricity being used in the province.”

To enter the contest, which runs through to Sept. 21 at 5 p.m., visit contest.brucepower.com. The iPad and iPhone apps can be downloaded through the App Store, while the calculators are also available online at www.brucepower.com.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility 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 Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power Charity Golf Tournament raises $125,400 for local hospitals

Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO, and Peggy Zeppieri, Physician Recruitment, present a $125,400 cheque to Paul Rosebush, President and CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, and Lance Thurston, the CEO for Grey Bruce Health Services. The hospitals have shared over $1.1 million in funds from the 13 years of the charity golf tournament.

Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO, and Peggy Zeppieri, Physician Recruitment, present a $125,400 cheque to Paul Rosebush, President and CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, and Lance Thurston, the CEO for Grey Bruce Health Services. The hospitals have shared over $1.1 million in funds from the 13 years of the charity golf tournament.

TIVERTON, ON – August 25, 2014 – Bruce Power’s annual Charity Golf Tournament raised over $125,400 for local hospital foundations.

The Kincardine Hospital Foundation and the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation will share the proceeds at the annual golf tournament, which was held at Saugeen Golf Club, on Aug. 15. The tournament has now raised more than $1.1 million for the local hospital foundations over 13 years.

The money is earmarked for mammography equipment for the imaging department and upgrades to the surgical department in Kincardine, while Saugeen will purchase a coagulation analyzer, which provides diagnostic prevention from potential heart attack-inducing blood clots.

“Bruce Power thanks everyone who plays in our Charity Golf Tournament, because they are making an enormous contribution to the quality of life for all Bruce County residents,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “To have eclipsed the $1 million mark is a testament to the success of the tournament and also the giving nature of our employees and suppliers who take part each year.”

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility 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 Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power receives another positive report card from nuclear regulator

TIVERTON, ON – Aug. 19, 2014 – Bruce Power has once again received positive marks from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in its annual report card looking at 2013, which focuses on all aspects of the company’s operations.
 
The regulator’s report card gives Bruce Power’s Conventional Health and Safety program, which achieved 15 million hours without a Lost Time Injury last year and Security functions the highest available marks of ‘Fully Satisfactory,’ while 11 other aspects of the company were deemed ‘Satisfactory’ for the third year in a row.
 
The CNSC has compared these marks to grades of A+ and A respectively in previous media reports.
 
“While we are pleased with this report card, good will never be good enough in our business which focuses on continuous improvement. World-class nuclear operators like Bruce Power are constantly looking for ways they can be better in all areas of their business,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO. “We continue to focus on improving our operation, while safely and reliably producing clean, low-cost electricity for the province.”
 
Bruce Power also continues to focus on sharing information with the public about its operations, using new, innovative communications tools as part of its commitment to openness. Yesterday, the company released new videos on its website focusing on emergency preparedness and ‘myth busting’ on radiation.
 
Last week, Bruce Power launched a new version of its innovative App for the iPhone, which is also available for the iPad. The company remains committed to using a wide range of tools to engage with the public on its operations to maintain public confidence.
 
In January, President & CEO Duncan Hawthorne held a telephone town hall across region, where 11,000 people participated to discuss the performance of Bruce Power in 2013. Hawthorne appears before the CNSC on Wednesday, Aug. 20, to discuss Bruce Power’s 2013 report card. The CNSC hearing will be webcast for any interested member of the public to watch online atwww.nuclearsafety.gc.ca.
 
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility 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 Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.
 
For further information, please contact:
John Peevers                    519-361-6583            john.peevers@brucepower.com
24-hour Duty Media Officer      519-361-6161
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Bruce Power awards 100 post-secondary scholarships

Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO, handed out the $500 Bruce Power Scholarships to students in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties on Friday, Aug. 15.

Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO, handed out the $500 Bruce Power Scholarships to students in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties on Friday, Aug. 15.

TIVERTON, ON – August 15, 2014 – One-hundred post-secondary school students have received a $500 boost for their education from Bruce Power.

Recipients of the annual Bruce Power Scholarship were recognized at a breakfast on Friday, Aug. 15, at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre. Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, presented those in attendance with their certificates and $500 during the event.

“Bruce Power is proud to play a role in the post-secondary education of these impressive students from Bruce, Grey and Huron counties,” Hawthorne said. “Our Scholarship Committee had a very difficult job of picking only 100 winners from an unbelievable crop of over 300 applicants.”

The selection committee was comprised of 10 Bruce Power employees from a variety of departments and levels. The applications were reviewed with system-generated reference numbers to remove any name, location or other potential biases, and all personal information was removed to ensure anonymity.

Click here to see the full list of scholarship winners.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility 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 Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Version 2 of Bruce Power iPhone app now available

TIVERTON, ON – August 12, 2014 – An updated version of the popular Bruce Power iPhone app is now available.

This version features two new calculators that will help people track their carbon footprint and energy usage, in addition to the cost and clean air calculator from Version 1. The ‘Gas vs Electric’ calculator shows people the money they’d save on fuel and how they’d lessen their impact on the environment by driving an electric car instead of gas-powered. The ‘Conserve at Home’ calculator explains how much money you can save by operating household appliances at mid- and off-peak hours.

“Bruce Power has always considered energy education to be an important part of our outreach efforts,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “Our updated iPhone app, and the calculators you’ll find on it, give you a very clear understanding of how nuclear is a safe and cost-effective option compared to many other electricity options, while also providing ways people can lessen their carbon footprint.”

The iPhone app is available through the iTunes store. If you don’t have an iPhone, the three calculators are also available at www.brucepower.com.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility 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 Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 - john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Public welcome at radiation seminar, featuring Dr. Doug Boreham

Community members and employees are invited to attend a seminar on radiation from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre

The seminar will be hosted by Dr. Doug Boreham, Division Head of Medical Sciences at the Northern School of Medicine and Professor of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences at McMaster University.

Dr. Boreham’s engaging presentation provides an open and comprehensive overview on the role radiation plays in the production of nuclear power and in our daily lives.

“Bruce Power always strives to provide as much real, factual information as possible to the people of our surrounding communities and across Ontario,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “Dr. Boreham is one of the foremost experts in the field of nuclear medicine, yet can explain radiation in terms everyone can understand.”

Refreshments will be provided.

To register, please call 519-361-7777 or email BNPDVisitorCentre@brucepower.com.

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Bruce Power expanding bus tours due to high demand

TIVERTON, ON – July 23, 2014 – The return of summer bus tours to the Bruce Power site has been a huge success.

Due to high demand and limited seating on the buses, Bruce Power is adding two more tours per week for the month of August. Tours will be available at 1 and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays next month.

“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,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “The public interest in the tours has exceeded our expectations, and we’re happy to educate even more people about our site this summer.”

The one-hour tours, which leave from the Visitors’ Centre on Bruce Rd. 20 (Conc. 4), include a view of Douglas Point, Canada’s first commercial-sized nuclear plant, a drive past the multi-unit Bruce A and Bruce B nuclear stations, which generate about a third of Ontario’s electricity, and a number of extensive security elements that protect both stations.

It’s recommended you pre-register for a tour by calling the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre at 519-361-7777 or emailing info@brucepower.com, though walk-ons are welcome if space is available. You must bring official government-issued photo identification, for example a driver’s license or passport, to ensure security clearance before boarding the bus. Children without photo identification can be verified by parent or guardian.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility 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 Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power helps Ontario lower greenhouse gas emissions

 

TIVERTON, ON – July 10, 2014 – A report issued yesterday by Ontario’s Environment Commissioner credits the elimination of coal-fired electricity generation as the major contributor to reducing greenhouse gases in the province and Bruce Power is proud of the role it played in helping Ontario kick its coal habit.

“More electricity from Bruce Power nuclear means cleaner air for families across Ontario,” said James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bruce Power. “We recognize the future refurbishment of the rest of our nuclear units is a key pillar in the province’s plan to keep the air clean,” Scongack said.

To learn more about the role Bruce Power can play in building healthier communities, please visit www.ontarionuclear.com/2040-vision/.

The return of 3,000 megawatts of Bruce Power nuclear over the past decade has generated 70 per cent of the energy needed to shut down all of Ontario’s coal plants, Scongack said.

In 2013, production from Bruce Power nuclear helped Ontario avoid 31 million tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent of taking six million cars off the road.To learn more about how Bruce Power is helping keep Ontario’s air clean, visit www.nuclearupcoaldown.ca.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility 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 Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

 For further information, please contact:

John Peevers                            519-361-6583                 john.peevers@brucepower.com

 

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Bruce Power summer bus tours ready to roll

TIVERTON, ON – June 27, 2014 – Staff at the Bruce Power are ready to offer bus tours of the world’s largest operating nuclear site this summer. The tours, which begin July 2, are part of ongoing outreach efforts to provide information to the public on the important role of nuclear power in Ontario.

Planned for Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and August, at 1 and 2 p.m., interested individuals can call 519-361-7777 or email bnpdvisitorcentre@brucepower.com to reserve space. Names and addresses of all participants are required, as well as photo identification on the day of the tour. Children without identification must be verified by parent or guardian.

“We believe there is a significant public interest in seeing what exists here on site,” said James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bruce Power. “We look forward to showcasing our facility and giving people the opportunity to learn much more about the role Bruce Power plays in Ontario’s energy security, now and for the long term.”

Participants are asked to be at the Visitors’ Centre at least 20 minutes before their scheduled tour for security checks and a film orientation. The actual tour lasts about an hour.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 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 Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

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Nuclear industry works to enhance emergency preparedness

In keeping with the nuclear industry’s philosophy of continuous improvement, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is reviewing and updating its emergency preparedness requirements for Canada’s nuclear generating facilities. Following an initial round of consultations, on June 23, the CNSC welcomed interested stakeholders, including Bruce Power, to further discuss improvements being proposed in regulatory requirements for nuclear emergency preparedness and response.

While a number of improvements were discussed, media coverage focused on the pre-distribution of iodine thyroid blockers (KI pills). Bruce Power supports having an effective means of pre-distribution of KI as an extra layer of protection in the unlikely event of a radiological release. Education of the public on the proper use of these KI pills should be a key component of this program in Bruce Power’s view.

In the event of a nuclear emergency, provincial authorities would be responsible for, among other things, deciding which protective and precautionary measures will be implemented. One of these measures could include the direction to take KI pills. Potassium iodide (KI) may be used to help protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine that may be released into the air during a radiological emergency. Currently, the municipality of Kincardine has a supply of KI pills which could be issued at the direction of the region’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Emergency Preparedness is an area of strength for Bruce Power and the entire Canadian nuclear industry, and one where we continue to make improvements. Canada’s nuclear power program has an exemplary safety record with over 50 years of occupational and public health and safety and is a leader in the industry worldwide. Canada’s nuclear industry is highly monitored, stringently regulated and continuously improved through the daily efforts of qualified professionals who are committed to ensuring public safety.

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