Bruce Power will delay plans to ship 16 steam generators to Sweden for recycling to allow further discussion with First Nations, Métis and others seeking additional information.
“While recycling this material is the right thing to do, and our regulator has given us a license to proceed, we recognize there is a level of concern among some groups that we want to address before proceeding,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Throughout this process, we have tried to communicate meaningful information to legitimate, interested parties. As far as we’re concerned, we’ve successfully met our regulatory obligations, but have not yet met our own standard of providing information to some of those legitimate groups, particularly the First Nations and Métis. For that reason, we have chosen to delay the shipments to allow that information flow to take place.”
Bruce Power will not set a date for shipping the decommissioned steam generators, but will take the necessary time to meet with First Nation and Métis groups to answer any questions they may have about the project.
“The important thing is we do this right, not that we do it quickly,” Hawthorne said.
To reduce its environmental footprint, Bruce Power intends to recycle the decommissioned steam generators instead of placing them into long-term storage. Approximately 90 per cent of the metal in the steam generators can be decontaminated, melted down and sold back into the scrap metal market. The rest will be returned to the Bruce Power site for long-term storage. Each steam generator contains 100 tonnes of steel but less than 4 grams of radioactive substances.
On Feb. 4, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) issued a transport licence and certificate to Bruce Power after considering information presented by 77 intervenors during public hearings last September. In making its decision, the CNSC confirmed the risk to the health and safety of the public and the environment is negligible.
Following that public hearing, Bruce Power launched an information website to provide additional, factual information about its recycling plans. Through public opinion polling, the company found strong public support for its plans within Grey and Bruce Counties.
“It is our view that reasonable people, when given accurate information, will see the merits of our case,” Hawthorne said.
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