This morning, Canada AM hosted a well-known anti-nuclear activist to discuss the security of nuclear power plants within the context of terrorist attacks. His comments included many inaccuracies about the security at Canada’s nuclear plants and the story was one-sided, with no questions asked of nuclear industry experts.

Here are the facts about nuclear security in Canada.

  • Nuclear security is regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and aided by federal regulations, which set out detailed security requirements for licensed nuclear facilities.
  • The CNSC approach follows international physical protection best practices and standards recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Bruce Power has received the highest rating possible (Fully Satisfactory) for security in the annual safety report card issued by the CNSC for the last five years.
  • Canadian reactors are designed to automatically shut down safely in the event of accidents or physical attacks.
  • In October, a team of IAEA experts completed a two-week mission to review national nuclear security practices in Canada. The mission reviewed the physical protection systems at the Bruce Power site and the team noted that Canada is undertaking strong and sustainable nuclear security activities. Moreover, the team identified a number of good practices in the national nuclear security regime and at the visited facilities.
  • Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the CNSC took steps to enhance security at major nuclear facilities in Canada. In 2006, the Nuclear Security Regulations were amended to reflect these measures. Bruce Power has fully complied with these regulations and has made substantial upgrades to security and emergency procedures at a cost of millions of dollars.
  • Many of the upgrades cannot be discussed for obvious security reasons, but some of the visible enhancements include an on-site armed response force available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, enhanced security screening of employees and contractors involving background, police and security checks, vehicle searches, fencing, x-ray monitors and walk-through metal and explosive detectors, similar to those found at airports.
  • Bruce Power is a safe, secure site with highly trained professional security and emergency teams and conducts regular and frequent emergency preparedness drills.

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.

For further information, please contact:

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