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Canadian Council calling for transparency on plans for nuclear power

scrutiny-on-costsPickering council calls for more transparency on nuclear plans Politicians ask for release of all reports, annual public meetings By  Jillian Follert PICKERING — Pickering politicians want more transparency around plans to operate the local nuclear facility beyond its design life.    

On April 22, Pickering council unanimously passed a motion from Councillor Jennifer O’Connell that calls on Ontario Power flag-canadaGeneration to release all studies and documents that support the case for extending operations, as well as hold annual public meetings to report on the safety of the facility and answer questions from the public.

Coun. O’Connell compared the nuclear plant to city bridges, which require increased scrutiny as they age.

“They’re designed for a lifespan for a very specific reason, they can’t last forever,” she said.

OPG wants to operate the Pickering nuclear plant until 2020, which is beyond its design life of 210,000 hours.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will be holding a hearing on the request May 7 in Ottawa.

April 26, 2014 - Posted by | general

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