To reduce our environmental footprint, Bruce Power started to progress a plan in 2010 to recycle the decommissioned steam generators from Bruce A Units 1 and 2 instead of placing them into long-term storage as a proactive, environmentally conscious initiative.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) approved Bruce Power’s plans last year and has confirmed steam generator processing is an excellent example of responsible and safe nuclear waste management practices.
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The company’s plan has also been strongly supported by our neighbouring communities in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties, and is being accepted internationally as best practice for steam generator recycling.
Bruce Power continues to believe recycling offers the best environmental solution for reducing our footprint and is something we remain entirely committed to. While a special arrangement licence issued by the CNSC will expire, there is no time limit on shipping the steam generators and, from our perspective, there is no urgency.
Since we have proven the sound science behind our plan, it’s not difficult to re-apply, and when it’s appropriate we will do so. Throughout this process, the company has been entirely transparent with the public about our plans and we are committed to providing updates when any next steps are progressed. The steam generators are safely stored in a building on the Bruce Power site.
On Feb. 4, 2011, the CNSC issued a transport licence and certificate to Bruce Power after considering information presented by 77 interveners during public hearings in September, 2010. In making its decision, the CNSC confirmed there was negligible risk to the health and safety of the public and the environment. Since Bruce Power’s application in April, 2010, more steam generators from around the world have been sent to Studsvik’s facility in Sweden for recycling, demonstrating that other companies share the view that recycling is the right thing to do.
Approximately 90 per cent of the metal in the steam generators can be decontaminated, melted down and safely reused. The rest would have been returned to the Bruce Power site for long-term storage. Each steam generator contains 100 tonnes of steel but less than four grams of radioactive substances.