Point Lepreau Generating Station

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a two-part public hearing to consider an application from the New Brunswick Power Corporation (NB Power) for a five-year renewal of its Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (NGS). The current licence authorizes NB Power to operate the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, which is designed to produce electrical power and consists of one nuclear reactor and associated equipment. The licence expires June 30, 2017.

Part Date Place Time
Part 1 January 26, 2017 CNSC public hearing room, 14th floor, 280 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON As set by the agenda published prior to the hearing date
Part 2 May 10 and May 11, 2017 To be confirmed As set by the agenda published prior to the hearing date

Through its Participant Funding Program, the CNSC is offering up to $75,000 in funding to assist members of the public, Aboriginal groups and other stakeholders in reviewing NB Power’s application and associated documents, and participating in the Commission hearing process by providing topic-specific interventions to the Commission. The deadline to submit a completed participant funding application form to the CNSC is November 18, 2016.

The hearing for the Point Lepreau NGS is coming up. Here are some of the key dates:

  • November 18, 2016: The deadline to submit a participant funding application
  • January 26, 2017: Observe Part 1 of the hearing held at CNSC headquarters in Ottawa
  • March 27, 2017: Send your request by this date if you want to intervene in Part 2 of the hearing
  • May 10 and 11, 2017: Observe Part 2 of the hearing at a location to be confirmed

New Brunswick Power Corporation (NB Power) owns and is licensed to operate the Point Lepreau Generating Station, located approximately 40 km west of Saint John, New Brunswick and on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. NB Power also operates a nuclear waste management facility at the station. The CNSC has full-time staff onsite who perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.

Plant Information

View of the Point Lepreau Generating Station

Location: Point Lepreau, New Brunswick
Operator: NB Power
Reactor type: CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium)
Vendor: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Number of units: 1 reactor
Installed capacity: 705 MWe
Status: Operating
Licence issued: February 17, 2012
Licence expires: June 30, 2017
Start of commercial operation: February 1, 1983
Return to service following refurbishment: November 23, 2012
Reactor building containment: Low-pressure containment, pre-stressed concrete vessel
Licensing documentation: Request a copy of the Point Lepreau licence and licence condition handbook by email

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Latest Licensee Public Disclosures

As part of CNSC's regulatory requirements, major licensees must have robust public information and disclosure programs in place. These programs, for nuclear power plants, include a disclosure protocol developed in consultation with community stakeholders. You may visit NB Power's Web site for a full list of disclosures.

Regulatory Reporting

CNSC inspector on the job at NB Power's Point Lepreau Generating Station

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