Saturday, November 22, 2008

Haldimand "Nuclear EA Official Start Date November 10th, 2008"

I thought I would do a bit of searching in regards to Bruce Powers EA application, to see if it was in fact official. And bingo there you have it the EA is official. I must have fallen a sleep at the wheel!

Actually it is "old news today". That was like driving through a small town, don't blink, you know the rest!

Bruce Power applied for an EA and "10" days later it is official!

So here is the information regarding the application. This includes Bruce Power's letter and Application details.

News Releases
CNSC Receives Application for Licence to Prepare Site for a New Nuclear Plant Project in Haldimand-Norfolk


November 7, 2008

Ottawa – On October 31, 2008, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) received an application for a licence to prepare a site and a project description from Bruce Power Erie Inc. for a proposed new nuclear power plant in the Haldimand-Norfolk region of southern Ontario.

The submission mentioned that two nuclear reactors would be built at the future plant 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.

"Canada is at the forefront of nuclear regulation in the world, thanks to the development of a rigorous and efficient system for licensing new nuclear power plants. This system, combined with CNSC’s extensive experience in regulating a wide range of nuclear activities, can assure Canadians that we strive for the highest standards of health, safety, security and environmental protection," said Michael Binder, President and CEO of the CNSC. "

At the same time, we proceed in an open and transparent manner, which includes significant public participation throughout the entire process, starting with the environmental assessment," Mr. Binder added.

Next, the CNSC will be reviewing the project description to ensure that its documentation is complete. If necessary, the nuclear regulator will request Bruce Power Erie to provide any missing or additional information.When the project description is deemed to be adequate, the CNSC will initiate the environmental assessment process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

The environmental assessment (EA) process is a pre-requisite for the licensing of a new nuclear power plant. An EA identifies whether a specific project is likely to cause significant environmental effects, and determines if those effects can be avoided or mitigated.

No licence decision can be made before an EA has been completed. While carrying out an EA, the CNSC works closely with other provincial and federal agencies and consults the public and aboriginal groups.

Further developments in the proposed project — starting with the application for a licence to prepare site and the project description — will also be tracked through the Government of Canada’s recently created Major Projects Management Office.

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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Related documents

Covering letter and application for a licence to prepare site received from Bruce Power Erie Inc. (CNSC has not reviewed the application for its completeness)

INFO-0756 (Revision 1): Licensing Process for New Nuclear Power Plants in Canada

For more information, media may contact:Aurèle GervaisMedia and Community RelationsCanadian Nuclear Safety CommissionTel.: 613-996-6860

Bruce Power Erie - Proposal to Construct and Operate New Nuclear Power Plant

Environmental assessment start date: November 10, 2008
Type: Comprehensive Study
CEAR Reference Number: 08-03-43757
Proponent: Bruce Power Erie
Location: Nanticoke , Haldimand County , Ontario

Latest Updates

November 17, 2008: The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is required to ensure that a comprehensive study is conducted commencing on November 10, 2008 in relation to the project: Proposal by Bruce Power Erie to Construct and Operate a new nuclear power plant at Nanticoke, in Haldimand County.

The CNSC has been determined to be a Responsible Authority (RA). Other RA's and expert federal authorities will be identified pursuant to the Federal Coordination Regulations.

November 7, 2008: CNSC Receives Application for Licence to Prepare Site for a New Nuclear Power Plant Project in Haldimand-Norfolk

Project Description The CNSC has received a project description from Bruce Power Erie for the construction and operation of up to two new nuclear reactors at the Lake Erie Industrial Park at Nanticoke for the production of approximately 2,200 to 3,200 MWe of electrical generating capacity for supply to the Ontario grid. The proposed site is located on the north shore of Lake Erie in Haldimand County .

The scope of Bruce Power Erie's proposal includes preparation of the site, construction, operation, refurbishment if required, and eventual decommissioning and abandonment of the two new nuclear power reactors. Operations would involve activities required to operate and maintain the new reactor units, including management of conventional and radioactive waste. Bruce Power Erie is considering a range of reactor designs, but has not yet decided on a specific technology.

Under section 5 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act , an environmental assessment is required in relation to this project because the CNSC may issue a permit or licence under subsection 24(2) of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act .

For further information on this Environmental Assessment, please refer to CEAR Number 08-03-43757 and contact:

John Clarke Environmental Assessment Specialist Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission P.O. Box 1046 , Station B 280 Slater St. Ottawa ON K1P 5S9 Telephone: 613-943-9919 or 1-800-668-5284 Fax: 613-995-5086


  1. Sometimes reality really sucks!

  2. It is going to take all the residents of H-N and surrounding counties to stop this juggernaut. At this month's meeting of the Niagara Woodlot Association, Gordon Miller, Ontario's Environmental Commissioner [who couldn't come to the Jarvis Energy Symposiuim sponsored by Toby Barrett] said, "amendments to the EA process mean that other approvals (eg. purchase of land) are being allowed to proceedEA approval, making it EXTREMELY UNLIKELY that pROPOSED PROJECTS will SUBSEQUENTLY be REJECTED through the EA process. Since 1946, 64 individual EA projects have been approved under the EA process while ONLY two individual EA projects have Ever been refused.[emphasis, mine]
    So, EVERYONE WHO READS THIS BLOG and OPPOSES 2 nuclear plants at Nanticoke, ABSOLUTELY MUST talk to EVERY family member, friend, neighbour, colleague, customer and acquaintance to enlist their ACTIVE HELP by telephoning and writing to the numbers and addresses listed above to voice their objections.
    Please also email this message to everyone you know who has email.

  3. To the poster above that said reality really sucks, you should just say whether you are for or against. A comment like that is very sarcastic and has no purpose. If you want your voice to be heard be more clear on what your comment actually is, unless of course you are a council member!

  4. Interesting.

    I'm against it. How 'bout you?

  5. I am certainly against Nucelar in Haldimand County. OPG has been doing testing on the burning of biomass instead of coal and it seems to have been very successfull so far. Until all other "alternatives" are looked at, we should say "no" to nuclear. If this technology is used we will not loose "600" jobs! And is that not what the fuss is all about? Jobs and Taxes?

  6. Thanks for your comments everyone.

    Get involved with the process!

    Go to the public meetings!

    Have your say!

  7. Nuclear power is the best thing that can happen.