(photo courtesy of Bruce Power)

Groups Collaborate To Support Bruce Power’s Licence Renewal Application

A number of high-profile groups and organizations in Bruce and Grey counties are encouraging people to show their support for Bruce Power.

The company has started the Licence Renewal Application process with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.     It’s seeking a ten-year extension to its operating licence.

The community is invited to show support for Bruce Power by signing the petition at www.supportbrucepower.com and sharing the petition on social media.

You can also submit thoughts directly to the CNSC through its written ‘intervenor’ process, which can be found at http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/the-commission/intervention/.

Public hearings will be held in Ottawa on March 14, and in Kincardine on May 30 and 31. Intervenors will be invited to speak in Kincardine during the May 30-31 hearings, and members of the public must declare their intention to give an oral presentation, and submit any written material, to the CNSC by April 16.

Supporters of the licence extension include the Bruce Power Pensioners Association, Canadian Nuclear Workers’ Council, the Grey Bruce Labour Council, North American Young Generation Nuclear (NA-YGN), the Power Workers’ Union, The Society of Energy Professionals, and the Bruce Chapter of Women in Nuclear-Canada.

Larry Alderdice, Chief Steward and Sector Representative for the Power Workers’ Union on the Bruce site, says it’s important Bruce Power receive a 10-year licence, so it can continue with its Life-Extension Program, which will see the site operator to 2064.

Doug Mullaly, president of the Bruce Power Pensioners Association stated, “Our goal for this petition is to give people a forum to demonstrate the faith and trust they have in Bruce Power to safely operate its units for the next ten years.”

President of The Society of Energy Professionals Scott Travers encourages his organization’s members to fully participate in the CNSC Licence Renewal process.

“We have long advocated that energy decisions should be driven by evidence-based discussions, and due to our members’ knowledge and understanding, they are in a unique position to add a lot of value to the discussion,” Travers said.