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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission: CNSC Requests That the Minister of the Environment Refer to a Review Panel the Environmental Assessment of Bruce Power Erie Inc.'s Project for a New Nuclear Power Plant in Nanticoke, Ontario

May 06, 2009

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Canadian-Nuclear-Safety-Commission-985721.html

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 6, 2009) - Following a Commission proceeding held on April 20, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) made a request today to the federal Minister of the Environment to refer the environmental assessment (EA) of Bruce Power Erie Inc.'s proposed project to a review panel. A review panel is a group of experts selected on the basis of their knowledge and expertise and appointed by the Minister of the Environment.

An EA is required pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act before the Commission may proceed with its consideration of the licence application. An EA identifies whether a specific project is likely to cause significant environmental effects, and determines if those effects can be avoided or mitigated.

The Commission, in making its decision, considered Bruce Power Erie's project description. The Commission also considered the views already expressed by the public, interest groups, Aboriginal groups and in media reports on previous major nuclear projects, as well as the Commission's extensive experience with consultation on major nuclear projects. The Commission determined that public and stakeholder concerns warrant that a request be made to the Minister for an early referral to a review panel.

A Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision is available by contacting the CNSC and will be posted on the CNSC Web site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca, at a later date.

About the project

Bruce Power Erie applied in October 2008 to the CNSC for a licence to prepare a site for the future construction and operation of a new nuclear power plant in the Haldimand-Norfolk region of southern Ontario. The submission noted that two nuclear reactors would be built to potentially generate between 2,200 and 3,200 megawatts of electricity to the Ontario grid. The application for a licence to prepare a site is the first in a series of applications to build and operate a new nuclear power plant, as part of the CNSC licensing process.

About the CNSC

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; and to respect Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

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