Unit 3 Approved for Restart – CNSC Update

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has granted approval to Bruce Power for the restart of Unit 3 which is currently offline for planned maintenance and inspection activities.

On Sept. 23, the Commission announced that it had confirmed or amended orders issued to Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) related to pressure tube fitness for service, following a public hearing held on Sept. 10.  

Bruce Power supported this decision and continued to provide information to the Commission, consistent with the Order, for staff review and Commission consideration regarding the return of Unit 3 from its planned outage. On Friday, Oct. 1, CNSC staff issued its Commission Member Document (CMD) regarding this request and ‘recommend that the Commission authorize Unit 3 restart’ (CMD: Page 7).

As Bruce Power has outlined in a number of forums, pressure tube integrity is based on a number of factors, and high levels of safety continue to be demonstrated to ensure the integrity of our pressure tubes through comprehensive inspections, verification and layers of safety.

Bruce Power is committed to Safety First and this value drives every decision we make and every activity we do, and we understand how important that commitment is to our community. Bruce Power is also committed to transparency and has proactively shared information with community leaders, including Indigenous communities, along with members of the general public, CNSC, and within our industry. Here is a link to our website, which explains the steps we take to confirm safety and integrity.