Bruce Power regulatory reporting
At Bruce Power, we report on many facets of our operations to many different levels of government and their agencies. Some of the regulatory bodies and legislation we adhere to include:
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC): All nuclear construction, equipment, safety systems, security, operating limits, licences, decommissioning and waste management are subject to CNSC approval.
Environmental legislation: Includes the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the Fisheries Act, Canadian Nuclear Safety and Control Act and others.
Provincial and municipal legislation: includes the Ontario Energy Board Act, the Electricity Act, the Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act and the Environmental Assessment Act.
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) rule compliance required.
Nuclear safety oversight
Bruce Power’s nuclear safety regulator is the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The CNSC is responsible, under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA), for regulating all nuclear facilities and nuclear-related activities in Canada. The CNSC grants the stations’ operating licences, which set out the legal requirements the stations must operate under.
For more information on the mandate of the CNSC, please go to: www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/.
Oversight of Bruce Power activities
The CNSC has a presence at each nuclear station in Canada. CNSC staff members have continuous access to inspect our stations and review our activities. CNSC staff report our activities to the CNSC Commission Tribunal, an appointed body of individuals who provide further oversight on nuclear activities.
In addition to Bruce Power’s own rigorous internal safety reporting and review process, we are also required to formally notify the CNSC of activities which meet defined criteria. Event Reports are provided to CNSC staff when an activity meets the thresholds set out by the Commission. These reports represent a very small fraction of the activities undertaken in a nuclear station every year, but each is given scrutiny for causal factors, corrective action and resolution.
Typically a handful of these Event Reports have enough significance to warrant further review by the CNSC Commission Tribunal at one of their regularly held public meetings. There the root cause, remedial actions and resolution of the event will be discussed in a public forum with this further level of oversight and accountability.