Once fuel is removed from a reactor, it is transferred by remote control to a water-filled storage bay. The bay is 27.5 metres deep and is double-walled reinforced concrete.
Used fuel is safely stored and each bundle is accounted for and monitored. Fuel bundles are stored in the cooling bays at each station for at least 10 years.
After that, they are taken out of the bays and transported to a dry fuel storage facility owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) on the Bruce Power site.
The used fuel from Bruce Power’s operations is owned by OPG and as part of the lease agreement with OPG, Bruce Power pays a fee to OPG for storage of our used fuel.