OTTAWA, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA)
welcomes and endorses Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) applications to
renew its Darlington facilities. These applications cover refurbishment
and ongoing operation of the Darlington nuclear generating facility,
and renewal of the Darlington Waste Management Facility's licence for a
"I'm delivering this message not just on behalf of at least 60,000
Canadians whose livelihoods are supported by our industry, but also for
the 13.5 million Ontarians who deserve to enjoy the same affordable
clean air energy in the future that they have in the past," said
Heather Kleb, CNA President and CEO.
"Darlington supplies electricity that is extremely reliable, reasonably
priced, emits virtually no greenhouse gas from operations, and delivers
high-wage, highly skilled jobs. The Darlington Nuclear Generating
Station has been one of the largest contributors of electricity to
Ontario's power grid since 1990. We at CNA feel very strongly that the
continued service of these facilities is vital for an ongoing stable
supply of base load electricity to Ontario homes, workplaces and
"The Darlington station is an extremely valuable economic resource that
has not yet reached the mid-way point of its functional service life.
By renewing it, Ontario has a great opportunity to realize more value
from this asset. The front-end cost of nuclear plants is spread over
several decades of operating life, allowing them to produce electricity
at low and predictable unit costs.
"Nuclear is one of the assets that has made Ontario so attractive in the
past for investors and knowledge industries. Darlington is helping that
A recently released study by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
determined that nuclear is an integral part of Canada's innovation,
manufacturing and export capacity. Refurbishing ten nuclear reactors
will support at least 10,000 jobs for the coming eleven years, plus
ongoing long-term jobs in plant operations.
Ms. Kleb added that the safety of operations at Darlington has been
demonstrated through 20 years of commercial power generation at this
site, and over 40 years in the province.
Ms. Kleb spoke on December 5 at a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
(CNSC) Public Hearing in Courtice, Ontario.
SOURCE: CANADIAN NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION
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Director of Policy
Canadian Nuclear Association