Proposed nuclear facility – NB Power's ARC-100 Project at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station site
New Brunswick Power (NB Power), in partnership with ARC Clean Technology Canada, is proposing to deploy one ARC-100 small modular reactor (SMR) at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station site in New Brunswick. In June 2023, CNSC staff received an application for a licence to prepare site for the proposed SMR, and the application is currently undergoing regulatory review under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, which will include an environmental protection review.
The proposed project is also undergoing a comprehensive environmental impact assessment (EIA) by the Government of New Brunswick. CNSC staff are providing technical support throughout the provincial EIA process as members of the Technical Review Committee.
In December 2022, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change responded to a designation request for the project and concluded that the project did not warrant designation pursuant to subsection 9(1) of the Impact Assessment Act.
|Point Lepreau, Maces Bay, New Brunswick
|ARC-100 small modular reactor
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|Application for a licence to prepare site submitted to the CNSC on June 30, 2023 (currently under CNSC review)
NB Power’s application for a licence to prepare site (PDF, 6.4 MB) (external site)
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|Advanced small modular reactors
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There are currently no Commission proceedings associated with this project. Once a hearing date is scheduled, a notice of hearing will be posted on the following web page: Browse hearing documents by date – Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
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- June 2023: Application for a licence to prepare site submitted to the CNSC (PDF, 6.4 MB) (external site)
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- CNSC health studies on Canadian nuclear facilities: Relevant health studies of CNSC-regulated nuclear reactors
- July 2023: NB Power–CNSC Staff Protocol on the Application for a Licence to Prepare a Site for an ARC 100 Reactor
- April 17, 2023: Agreement signed with Saskatchewan on development of small modular reactors (gnb.ca)
- December 22, 2022: Small nuclear reactor project won't need extra assessment, Ottawa says | CBC News
- June 9, 2022: ARC and hatch announce teaming agreement to deploy advanced clean energy technology
- March 29, 2022: Provinces release strategic plan on small modular reactors (gnb.ca)
- April 14, 2021: Alta., Ont., Sask. and NB sign agreement to explore small nuclear reactors | CBC News
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