By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association
OPG, Bruce Power and NB Power all received high marks for their plant safety from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission last week, proving again that nuclear power in Canada is safe.
The CNSC Staff Integrated Safety Assessment of Canadian Nuclear Power Plants for 2013 concluded that Canada’s nuclear power plant operators “made adequate provision for the protection of the health, safety and security of persons and the environment from the use of nuclear energy.”
The report’s highlights included:
- there were no serious process failures at the nuclear power plants
- no member of the public received a radiation dose that exceeded the regulatory limit
- no worker at any plant received a radiation dose that exceeded the regulatory limits
- the frequency and severity of non-radiological injuries to workers were minimal
- no radiological releases to the environment from the stations exceeded the regulatory limits
The CNSC rates nuclear power plant safety performance on 14 criteria using a scale of “Fully Satisfactory,” “Satisfactory,” “Below expectations,” and “Unacceptable.”
All nuclear power plants received scores of either “Fully Satisfactory” or “Satisfactory” for all 14 items, including things such as waste, fitness for service and radiation protection.
In addition, OPG’s Darlington was the only station to receive a “Fully Satisfactory” score – the highest score possible – for its overall plant rating.