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Modifications to the Gentilly radioactive waste management facilities and refurbishment of the Gentilly-2 nuclear power station

Environment assessment (EA) start date: November 29, 2002
Type: Screening
FEAI reference number: 35287
Proponent: Hydro-Québec
Location: Bécancour, Québec

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Project description

The CNSC has received notice from Hydro-Québec of its plans to refurbish the Gentilly-2 nuclear generating station in order to keep it in operation until 2035 and of its intent to apply for authorization to perform modifications to the radioactive waste and spent fuel storage facilities located at the Gentilly nuclear facility in Bécancour, Québec. Authorization for these modifications is sought due to refurbishment work being considered on the Gentilly-2 nuclear generating station. No request for authorization to proceed with the refurbishment has yet been requested by Hydro-Québec.

Before the CNSC makes its decision on Hydro-Québec's application regarding modifications to the waste facility, an environmental assessment must be completed in compliance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

The proposed modifications and construction of new structures are needed to enable Hydro-Québec to better manage the radioactive waste resulting from the refurbishment work it is considering for Gentilly-2 nuclear power station. All construction activities would occur within the power station's exclusion area and in the immediate vicinity of the radioactive waste and spent fuel storage areas currently authorized by the CNSC.

The purpose of the EA is to identify the possible environmental effects of the project and to determine whether these effects can be mitigated before the project is allowed to proceed.

The project includes:

  • reloading fuel into the reactor
  • putting the generating station back in service following refurbishment
  • extending the operating life of the generating station and its operation to 2035
  • the modification and construction of works at the solid radioactive waste management facility (SRWMF) and the used fuel dry storage facility (UFDSF)
  • the operation of works at the RWMF, the UFDSF and the SRWMF

Steps ahead

  • Commission decision on the EA.

Further information

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