TIVERTON, ON, Aug. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Bruce Power has received the highest marks in its 14 year history in the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's annual safety grading of Canada's nuclear plants.
"We have worked very hard to continuously improve our safety performance and we're seeing those efforts reflected in the CNSC report card," said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO. "The credit for this goes to our employees as they are the ones who show up to work every day with an unwavering focus on safety."
The regulator provides grades in 15 different safety categories. Bruce A received three Fully Satisfactory and 12 Satisfactory grades while Bruce B received four Fully Satisfactory grades and 11 Satisfactory.
Bruce B received an Integrated Plant Rating of Fully Satisfactory which is the highest ranking a nuclear plant can achieve and an improvement over last year. Bruce B also received Fully Satisfactory in Operating Performance, Conventional Health and Safety, Waste Management and Security. Bruce A received Fully Satisfactory marks in Conventional Health and safety, Waste Management and Security.The CNSC has compared the Fully Satisfactory and Satisfactory marks to grades of 'A+' and 'A' respectively in media reports.
While this is the strongest report card to date, the company will continue to aim even higher, Hawthorne says.
"Good operators are never satisfied," he said. "They're always looking to make improvements."
The full report card is available at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca.
CNSC hearings are webcast live at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca or are available to view anytime at http://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/the-commission/webcasts/archived/index.cfm.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world's largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 25 per cent of Ontario's electricity. The company's site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers' Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power's employees are also owners in the business.
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