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Sep 17, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Bruce Power OK’d to operate reactors beyond threshold

The CNSC has told Bruce Power it can operate its reactors beyond the normal threshold, following a closed-door hearing

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Following a closed-door hearing, Canada’s nuclear regulator has cleared Bruce Power to operate two reactors beyond the normal limit.

But it said the clearance is only short-term, and the matter will be re-examined at hearings scheduled to be held early next year.

Canadian reactors are designed to operate for what’s termed 210,000 equivalent full power hours. Normally, they then need a major refurbishment at that point.

To go beyond the operating threshold, nuclear operators need to get permission from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Two reactors at Bruce Power will likely hit the limit this fall or early next spring. The commission held a hearing earlier this month to consider whether to allow them to keep operating for a temporary period.

The commission gave similar permission to Ontario Power Generation to operate reactors at its Pickering nuclear station beyond their normal threshold, but in that case held a public hearing.

In a decision released Wednesday, the nuclear safety commission noted it’s going to be holding full re-licensing hearings on Bruce’s reactors early in 2015.

Considering the temporary nature of the extension, the commission said Bruce Power has “clearly demonstrated” that the units can be safely operated beyond the usual threshold.

The decision said that Bruce Power has developed inspection and maintenance programs to keep a watch on the reactors during the extended period.

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