Government Accepts Recommendations of Joint Review Panel for Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project

Natural Resources Canada

May 2, 2012

OTTAWA — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today the Government of Canada’s response to the recommendations made in the Environmental Assessment Report of the Joint Review Panel (JRP) for the Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project.

Taking into consideration the JRP’s recommendations and the implementation of proposed mitigation measures, the Government has determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

“Nuclear energy is a safe, reliable and virtually emissions-free option for addressing Canada’s energy and environmental needs.” said Minister Oliver. “The Government will take the necessary steps to address the recommendations under its jurisdiction.”

The JRP was established in 2009 by the Minister of the Environment and the President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to assess Ontario Power Generation’s Environmental Impact Statement and application to the CNSC for a Licence to Prepare Site to build a new nuclear power plant at the Darlington nuclear site in the Municipality of Clarington, Ontario. The JRP concluded that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, provided the mitigation measures proposed and commitments made by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) during the review and the Panel’s recommendations are implemented.

The JRP members, sitting as a panel of the CNSC, will proceed to the licensing decision phase regarding OPG’s application for a Licence to Prepare Site. This is the first step in the multiphase CNSC licensing process that is required for any new nuclear power project in Canada.

The Government of Canada’s response to the Joint Review Panel report can be found on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency website.

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