CNSC also approved Bruce Power’s request to load fuel into Units 1 and 2 once the current refurbishment project at Bruce A reaches that stage

 - By April Murelio -

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has accepted a recommendation from its staff to renew Bruce Power’s operating licences for the Bruce A and Bruce B generating stations for another five-year term.

The CNSC also approved Bruce Power’s request to load fuel into Units 1 and 2 once the current refurbishment project at Bruce A reaches that stage.

The CNSC decision followed three days of public hearings on Dec. 11, 2008 in Ajax, Ont. and Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2009 at the CAW Family Education Centre in Saugeen Shores. During those final two hearing days, commissioners heard from several interested parties, including delegations from the local community.

“The commissioners take a lot of notice from any presentations they receive from the public, and it was gratifying for us to see the vast majority of those being supportive to Bruce Power as a safe operator and an integral part of the community,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation, TransCanada Corporation, BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals.