Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced its decision to renew the nuclear reactor site preparation license held by Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) for its new Darlington nuclear project, located in the municipality. of Clarington, Ontario. This decision follows a virtual public hearing held on June 10 and 11, 2021. The renewed license allows OPG to continue preparing the Darlington nuclear site for the potential future construction and operation of a new nuclear power plant.
In making its decision, the Commission considered submissions OPG and 61 stakeholders, as well as recommendations from CNSC staff. The CNSC made funds available to participants through its Participant Funding Program, and guest interventions by Aboriginal groups, members of the public and stakeholders on this issue. Seven applicants received funding for participants to help them with their interventions.
After reviewing all submissions, the Commission has concluded that OPG is qualified to perform the site preparation activities that the renewed license will authorize. He also concluded that OPG will take adequate steps to protect the environment and the health and safety of persons.