Port Dover Maple Leaf - July 29. 2009

On July 23 Bruce Power announced it no longer has any intention of proceeding with plans for a nuclear power facility at Nanticoke. Bruce Power has notified the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency that it will withdraw its site licence applications and suspend its Environmental Assessment in Bruce County and Nanticoke.

The company says it will focus on refurbishment of its existing plants. Bruce Power President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne said in a press release, "these are business decisions unique to Ontario and reflect the current realities of the market"

"While we have chosen to pursue the refurbishment option, I want to thank everyone in Bruce, Haldimand and Norfolk Counties who supported us," President Hawthorne stated. "The work we have done confirmed both sites held great promise for new build if the market conditions were more favourable, However; the time has come to narrow our focus and follow the route that’s best for us, for Ontario and its ratepayers? he said.

It was on October 31 of last year when Bruce Power President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne personally made the announcement on property beside U.S. Steel’s Lake Erie Works that "at Bruce Power we want to explore the potential of building a clean energy hub in Haldimand Norfolk? He stated it would contain "next generation nuclear; hydrogen, wind and solar panels?

An organization was formed to mount a concentrated effort to encourage governments to disallow the plant’s construction and to dissuade Bruce Power from proceeding with its plans for Nanticoke. Grand Erie Energy Quest held it first public meeting in Port Dover Public Library on July 21. The outcome of that meeting was a unanimous resolution to urge Norfolk County Council to rescind its resolution that supports Bruce Power’s environmental assessment for the nuclear power plant a short distance east of Port Dover.