Bruce A and B Nuclear Generating Stations
Notice of public hearing and participant funding
The CNSC will hold a two-part public hearing to consider an application from Bruce Power to renew its nuclear power reactor operating licence for the Bruce Nuclear Generating Stations (NGS) A and B for a period of 10 years. With this application, Bruce Power has requested authorization to update the Bruce NGS licensing basis in 2018 to include life extension projects and future major component replacement work, which are outlined in the Integrated Implementation Plan.
Members of the public, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders who have an interest or expertise in this matter or information that may be useful to the Commission in coming to a decision are invited to comment on Bruce Power’s application. Through its Participant Funding Program, the CNSC is offering a total of $100,000 in funding to assist in reviewing Bruce Power’s application and associated documents and providing topic-specific interventions to the Commission.
- November 6, 2017: Deadline for submitting a participant funding application
- February 12, 2018: Bruce Power’s submission and CNSC staff’s recommendations are available upon request to the Secretariat
- March 14, 2018: Part 1 of the public hearing in Ottawa – watch the webcast
- April 16, 2018: Deadline for filing a request to intervene
- May 30–31, 2018: Part 2 of the public hearing (location to be confirmed) – watch the webcast
Bruce Power is licensed to operate the Bruce A and Bruce B Nuclear Generating Stations, located in the municipality of Kincardine on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, Ontario. Bruce Power also operates a nuclear waste management facility onsite. The CNSC has full-time staff at the stations who perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.
- Plant Information
- Latest CNSC Facility-Specific Announcements
- Latest Licensee Public Disclosures
- Regulatory Reporting
- Other Key Topics
- Adjacent Nuclear Facilities and Project
Location: Kincardine, Ontario
Operator: Bruce Power
Reactor Type: CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium)
Vendor: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Number of units: 8 reactors
Installed capacity: 6,232 MW (Bruce A & B combined)
Status: All units operating
Licenses issued: June 1, 2015
Licenses expire: May 31, 2020
Start of commercial operation: Between 1977-1979 for Bruce A and 1984-1987 for Bruce B
Refurbished units: Bruce A units 1 and 2
Special containment feature: Common vacuum building maintained at negative atmospheric pressure
Licensing Documentation: Request a copy of the Bruce A and Bruce B licences and licence condition handbooks by email
Latest CNSC facility-specific announcements
- July 25, 2017: CNSC releases 2016 Independent Environmental Monitoring Program results for the Bruce Power site
- May 28, 2015: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission renews Bruce Power’s power reactor operating licences
- March 23, 2015: Revised Notice of Public Hearing for Bruce Power Inc. (PDF)
- January 23, 2015: Independent Environmental Monitoring Program: Bruce A and Bruce B Nuclear Generating Stations
- September 17, 2014: CNSC approves Bruce's request to operate beyond 210,000 EFPH
- May 2, 2014: CNSC Extends Bruce Power’s Operating Licence Until May 2015
- May 28, 2013: Final Green Light for Bruce Unit 1
- October 25, 2012: Bruce A Unit 2 Gets Final CNSC Approval
Latest Licensee Public Disclosures
As part of CNSC's regulatory requirements, major licensees must have robust public information and disclosure programs in place. These programs, for nuclear power plants, include a disclosure protocol developed in consultation with community stakeholders. You may visit Bruce Power's Web site for all updates triggered by the protocol's disclosure criteria.
Regulatory Reporting and Documents
- Disclosure protocol (source: Bruce Power)
- Event reports-S99 (source: Bruce Power)
- Environmental reports (source: Bruce Power)
- Regulatory Oversight Report for Canadian Nuclear Power Plants
- Regulatory Actions
- Most Recent CNSC Power Reactor Status Report (This report is prepared to update Commission members during most public meetings.)
Other Key Topics
- Ontario gives go-ahead for refurbishment of Bruce Power's nuclear units (Source: Government of Ontario)
- Bruce Power's update on refurbishment plans (Source: Bruce Power)
- Refurbishment and life extension
- Radiation and Incidence of Cancer around Ontario Nuclear Power Plants from 1990 to 2008 study (the RADICON study)
- Canada's Action Plan in Response to the Nuclear Accident in Japan
- Nuclear Power Plant Safety Systems
- Understanding Nuclear Power Plants: Total Station Blackout
Adjacent Nuclear Facilities and Project
Ontario Power Generation Deep Geologic Repository
The site preparation, construction and operation of a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) is proposed for the disposal of low- and intermediate-level radioactive wastes on the Bruce Site in Tiverton. The DGR will also hold waste produced from the continued operation of the Bruce, Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations.
Find out more about the status of this project.
Western Waste Management Facility
The Western Waste Management Facility is owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and stores low level radioactive wastes from the Bruce A and B reactors as well as from the Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations. The Western Waste Management Facility also houses used fuel from Bruce A and B along with refurbishment waste from Bruce A.
Douglas Point Waste Management Facility
The Douglas Point Waste Management Facility (DPWMF) is located at the site of the former Douglas Point Nuclear Generating Station (DPNGS) situated on the Bruce nuclear site. Decommissioning of this prototype reactor began in 1986, and the transfer of spent fuel from wet storage in the reactor pool to a dedicated dry storage facility was completed by 1987. The DPWMF is presently in the storage-with-surveillance phase of a deferred decommissioning program and is closed to the receipt of new wastes.
Bruce Heavy Water Plant
The Bruce Heavy Water Plant (BHWP) was a Class 1B nuclear facility contained within the boundaries of the Bruce nuclear site located in Tiverton, Ontario. It began producing heavy water in 1973 and continued until the last production facilities were shut down in 1998. The demolition of the BHWP was completed in 2006. All contaminated soil has been remediated, and the project is in the end-state of environmental monitoring.
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