COURTICE, ON, April 2 /CNW/ - Denise Carpenter, President and CEO of the
Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA), today presented to the Joint Review
Panel for the Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant to support a
favourable environmental assessment decision and a license for Ontario
Power Generation (OPG) to prepare the future site of new reactors at
the Darlington generating station.
"This proposed project is a very important step in fulfilling Canada's
growing energy demands," said Ms. Carpenter. "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."
The CNA provided a perspective on the proposed project based on economic
benefits, environmental effects, and safety considerations in the
nuclear industry as a whole.
Ms. Carpenter emphasized the importance of the project and the benefits
it would bring to the communities in the Durham region. Highly skilled
jobs, opportunities for education and fulfilling careers, and a strong
local economy are examples of what the Darlington nuclear station
currently provides, and what could be further enhanced with additional
"Canada's nuclear sector is a 6.6 billion-dollar-per-year industry.
Every year, we generate 1.5 billion dollars in federal and provincial
taxes, and provide rewarding careers to about 71,000 men and women who
mine uranium, generate and support the production of electricity and
contribute to innovations in nuclear technology including medicine. The
new Darlington Project alone has the potential to employ up to 7,500
workers, directly and indirectly, all across Ontario," added Ms.
While addressing environmental impacts to the Panel, the CNA emphasized
that Canada's nuclear industry is committed to environmental
stewardship both in the communities in which Canadians work and live,
and globally. In 2009, OPG was awarded the prestigious William W.
Howard CEO Award, which recognized the company's history of excellence
in conservation, education and outreach.
"Nuclear energy provides a clean energy solution for the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions. By clean, we mean virtually no GHG
emissions," said Ms. Carpenter. "And due to its ability to provide 24/7
baseload power over the long term at a low operating cost, nuclear can
enable emerging renewable energy sources. There's room for all of us in
In light of recent events in Japan and the ongoing review of safety
systems around the world, Ms. Carpenter reiterated that thoughts remain
with the Japanese people, who will continue to be tested in the weeks
and months ahead.
"They are facing their present challenges with solidarity, and courage,"
she added. "As an industry, we are proud of our safety record, but we
are never complacent. The tragedy in Japan will be examined thoroughly
for lessons we can apply to safety here in Canada. At home and abroad,
our industry is participating in discussions on lessons learned from
this event and how to address any necessary changes required to enhance
Ms. Carpenter's full speech is available at www.cna.ca
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