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NRC Approves New Nuclear Build at Vogtle Site in Georgia

Big news for our nuclear neighbors south of the border.  It was announced today by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the United States that Southern Nuclear Operating Company’s (SNC) application for two Combined Licenses (COL) at the Vogtle site in Georgia was approved!

Read all about it: NRC News Release (PDF)

Congratulations to all the stakeholders:  the companies that build and design nuclear technology, the regulators who work with them to ensure its safety, and above all the families and businesses in Georgia who want reliable, affordable electric power.

These stakeholders, and others like them around the world, are building on decades of learning and continuous improvement, which is a strong part of our industry’s culture.

This is just one more step toward renewed growth for our industry.  Nuclear technology has a great role to play in a balanced and sustainable energy future for North America.

SNC will build and operate two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Vogtle site.

Ask Westinghouse SVP and Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Kate Jackson, all about it at the 2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show – Feb 22-23, in Ottawa. Registration closes Feb 17. #cnagm2012

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Celebrating CNSC 65th Anniversary

When the Atomic Energy Control Act came into force in 1946,  the Atomic Energy Control Board was created to ensure the safety and security of nuclear technologies. In 2000, the new Nuclear and Safety Control Act was enacted, creating the CNSC. This is just a taste of the rich history behind Canada’s independent nuclear regulator that 65 years later is continuing to keep our nuclear operations as safe as knowingly possible.

This year, the CNSC celebrates its 65th anniversary! To celebrate they’re sharing messages from the Prime Minister, the Minister of Natural Resources, and the CNSC President.

They’re also sharing stories from current and past staff members like Mike White and Bonnie Duff, who were Senior Project Officers during the events of Operation Morning Light, the massive search and recovery operation of the Cosmos 954 Russian satellite crash in 1978.

Canada has a long and rich history with nuclear science and technology that includes many firsts Canadians can be proud of. Discover this history through the stories of the people that were there making this technology as safe, reliable, clean and beneficial as it is today.

Check out the interactive historical timeline.
You can step through it chronologically – start from the creation of the solar system billions of years ago to scientists’ first capture of antimatter in 2010, or pick a subject area such as medicine or safety.


Congratulations to the CNSC for 65 great, safe years. Canada has oft been recognized for the strength of its regulatory systems. Our nuclear security is no exception, and in fact can be considered a model of excellence. On December 9 of this year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) completed its follow-up assessment of Canada’s nuclear regulatory framework and concluded that the CNSC’s actions in response to the March 2011 events at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was prompt, robust and comprehensive, and was identified as a good practice that should be used by other regulatory bodies.

Here’s to another 65 and beyond!




CNA2012 Update – Network with Industry Leaders + Exciting Workshops

If you have already registered for the 2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show, you will be in the company of industry leaders and innovators for three days of learning, networking and celebration of this great industry.

If you haven’t registered yet, don’t delay!

CLICK HERE to register for the 2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show NOW!

Download the complete 2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show AGENDA here.

Workshops at the 2012 Conference

Don’t miss your chance to sign up for one of two optional workshops. Seating is limited – Sign up now.

Wednesday February 22

13:00 – 17:00

CNA Regulatory Affairs Workshop

To provide an update on some of the new Federal and Provincial regulatory developments affecting Canada’s nuclear industry.  The workshop will include presentations by representatives of key Federal and Provincial agencies.
Max. 40 participants. $50 additional cost to participate.

Wednesday February 22

12:00 – 17:00

Talking about Radiation: “Are We Safe? Can We Trust You?”

The workshop will give participants an understanding of key challenges in communicating about radiation, radioactivity and associated environmental and human health risks; and enhance preparedness to address these challenges effectively through applied leading practice strategic risk communications methods, combined with relevant on-the-ground experience.
(Working lunch to be provided)
Max. 40 participants. $50 additional cost to participate.

The full Conference program includes keynote speakers, panels, Canadian and global nuclear industry updates and more. Download the Conference agenda here.

See you in February!

CNA Responds Messages

Natural Resource Projects will Require More than $500-Billion from Government

This letter from our President, Denise Carpenter, appeared in The Hill Times today in response to this article in the Hill Times Resources Policy Briefing on December 5. Canada’s energy and natural resources infrastructure need government investment and streamlined regulatory frameworks and would benefit greatly from enhanced collaboration between government and industry.


The Canadian Nuclear Association was among the industry associations that appeared before the House of Commons Environment Committee recently to advocate for changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) (“NRCan anticipates $500 billion in new investments in natural resources projects,” December 5).

In fact, we made a number of suggestions that the nuclear industry believes would make environmental assessments:

  • More efficient – by conducting EAs according to the principle of “one project, one assessment, by the best-placed regulator”;
  • More effective – by strengthening the precedent value of EAs;
  • Proportionate to the environmental risk – avoiding reassessment of risks that have already been addressed;
  • More aligned with permitting and authorization decisions; and
  • More timely.

As vital as improving the regulatory framework may be, an anticipated $500 billion in natural resource projects will require much more than this from Canadian governments.

Your article rightly quoted the petroleum industry on the need for pipeline expansion.  But realizing all of these energy and natural resource developments will depend on a range of goods and services that will not be adequately supplied by business alone, and are fertile ground for public-private collaboration:

  • Education and human resource development:  public schooling and an academic sector that build the skills employers need.
  • Science and technology infrastructure:  laboratory facilities, equipment, instrumentation and expertise that can be invested in, and accessed, by business, government and universities.
  • Transport infrastructure:  the capacity to move supplies, energy, people and products efficiently within Canada and across our borders.

Senators Angus and Mitchell made related points in the same issue (“Energy, Environment:  We Need a National Discussion”).  Government can enable hundreds of billions in development, not just by regulating well, but also by working together with industry to build the human, technological and transport infrastructure required.


Denise Carpenter
Canadian Nuclear Association

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Five Realities of Nuclear Energy

Recently an article appeared by former state rep., Jerry Paul, who served as principal deputy administrator of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, and worked as a control room reactor engineer.  Understandably people have questions about nuclear. To this Jerry says,

For each of these questions, there are rational answers based on the laws of physics, thousands of peer-reviewed scientific and academic studies, and decades of successful operating experience.

What often gets lost in the debate surrounding nuclear energy are these five realities:

  1. Eliminating nuclear energy is not realistic if we want to maintain our quality of life.
  2. Day-to-day activities present a greater health threat than a local nuclear plant.
  3. Nuclear power plants are constantly upgraded.
  4. The amount of spent fuel is small and can be managed safely. (In many cases, the issue of storing used fuel is discussed without proper context.)
  5. Nuclear plants have more government oversight than any other industry.

For elaboration on these five points, read the entire article by Jerry Paul.

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Darlington New Build Passes JRP Environmental Assessment

Yesterday the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) released a report by a federally-appointed Joint Review Panel (JRP) to evaluate the proposed new nuclear power plant at Darlington. We are proud of OPG’s extensive work and thorough studies undertaken as part of this environmental assessment (EA) process. We are especially pleased that the Panel came to the same conclusions as OPG: that Darlington New Nuclear Project will not result in any significant adverse environmental effects, given mitigation, to workers, the public or on the surrounding environment.

Public input, including the public hearings, is an integral part of the EA process. OPG’s public consultation process throughout the EA was extensive and inclusive.

The CNA was an intervener during the process and our message was clear:

  • This proposed project is a very important step in fulfilling Canada’s growing energy demands.
  • New nuclear units are an integral part of the electricity supply and consistent with the direction of the Government of Ontario’s commitment to maintaining nuclear power at 50 per cent of the province’s energy supply in the Long-Term Energy Plan.

It was great to see so much participation in the hearings by the communities, individuals and groups that took part in the public review process.

OPG has what it takes to do the job!
OPG has the necessary experience to move forward and manage a project of this magnitude. The Darlington site hosts a four-unit station that has provided safe, reliable and clean energy for 20 years with minimal environmental effect. OPG has experience successfully managing complex nuclear projects (i.e. Pickering A unit 1, Pickering units 2&3 safe storage, Pickering and Darlington Vacuum Building Outages). OPG will now thoroughly review the Panel’s report and work with our partners to implement the best solutions for the mitigation requirements set by the Panel as they await the final Government response.

Here is a link to the  Joint Review Panel summary report.

For more information about the JRP hearing, see the news release sent during the hearing about CNA’s involvement as an intervener.