An article published in the Jan. 5, 2023 edition of the Globe & Mail raises the topic of pressure tube integrity in CANDU reactors previously reported on, discussed in public hearings and fully dispositioned by the industry and its regulator in 2021.
While Bruce Power was not given the opportunity to comment on this latest story, we would like to take the opportunity to provide the facts on this topic as this story is both incomplete and sensational in its approach.
The article does not include a number of important facts related to this matter including the creation of an External Advisory Committee on Pressure Tubes established by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) that was used to disposition the topics raised in the story in a fulsome and transparent manner. This article also fails to quote the CNSC’s conclusions on this matter related to the operation of pressure tubes in the CANDU fleet and ignores an entire body of industry research into this topic.
The individuals quoted in the Globe & Mail article were also given the opportunity to voice their opinions through the CNSC hearing open processes and these opinions were responded to and dispositioned at that time.
The industry and the independent regulator, along with their advisory committee, have continued to act in a proactive and transparent manner in their approach to this issue. Bruce Power has been transparent and open when it comes to sharing information on the safety of the pressure tubes including providing extensive facts on our website dating back to July of 2021 which explains in detail the steps we take to confirm safety and integrity through our inspection process.
We understand this is a complex topic, however, our commitment to safety is simple, straightforward and clear. Our Safety First value drives every decision we make and every activity we do.
Rigorous and regular inspections combined with material testing, verification and independent review continue to demonstrate the ongoing safe operation of the CANDU reactors and specifically pressure tubes.
We believe this story is lacking in balance and request a clarification to provide a more complete picture to readers.
Additionally, as noted by the CNSC and the independent advisory committee, it is important to confirm that safety of CANDU technology and pressure tubes remains strong.
As we have demonstrated consistently, including during the pandemic, our commitment to the safety of our employees and our community is unwavering.
For more information, visit the website or watch a video that explains the steps we take to confirm safety and integrity. Additional detailed information is available from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.