New Kincardine Western Clean-Energy Sorting and Recycling facility will divert nuclear by-products

Laurentis Energy Partners plan to build a new Western Clean-Energy Sorting and Recycling (WCSR) facility in the Municipality of Kincardine for Ontario Power Generation (OPG). The 42,000-square-foot facility will be built at the Bruce Energy Centre industrial park in 2022, and operated by OPG.

Laurentis said the facility will use innovations explored through a current research project between Laurentis and McMaster University. That study is testing new methods and technologies to sort and divert more nuclear by-products to re-use and recycling.

Laurentis explained the improved sorting and increased processing means OPG would require fewer buildings than it would otherwise, at the Bruce site, to store nuclear by-products. The new facility is expected to employ 25 people once it opens next year.

“Building on the successes to-date from our research initiative in Hamilton, Laurentis is pleased to expand our presence in Bruce County and support this project by delivering a building and equipment that will meet OPG’s need for efficient, advanced and innovative sorting of nuclear materials,” said Brad Ellsworth, Project Manager at Laurentis. “By sharing our expertise, we can continue our mission of advancing nuclear-energy innovations and environmental solutions across the nuclear industry.”

“This new facility represents an opportunity to support the three Rs and reduce our environmental footprint,” said Jason Wooland, Director of Western Operations for OPG’s Nuclear Sustainability Services. “We can minimize the amount of nuclear by-products in storage, by carefully sorting and segregating what is clean, what is recyclable, and what can be processed to reduce the volume. That’s good news for the environment – and it’s resulting new jobs in Kincardine.”

“The WCSR is yet another example of nuclear excellence and innovation in our community,” said Municipality of Kincardine Mayor Gerry Glover. “Congratulations to OPG and Laurentis for  continuously striving to improve. Thank you for supporting the local economy and creating jobs.”

The WCSR project is an initiative of OPG’s Nuclear Sustainability Services, formerly called the Nuclear Waste Management division