Douglas Point Waste Facility
The Douglas Point Nuclear Generating Station (DPNGS) was Canada’s first commercial-scale nuclear generating station. It is comprised of a reactor building, service building, turbine building/administration wing, an area for storing concrete canisters filled with used nuclear fuel, and several outbuildings.
The 200-MWe prototype CANDU power reactor began operation in 1968 and permanently shut down in 1984. Shortly after, spent fuel was transferred from wet storage in the reactor pool to an onsite dedicated licensed dry storage facility.
In 1987, the DPNGS was relicensed as a waste management facility and became the Douglas Point Waste Facility (DPWF) in 2014. As of 2019, the facility has been in the storage-with-surveillance phase of a deferred decommissioning program.
In 2015, the licence for the DPWF was transferred from Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), which now operates the DPWF on behalf of AECL.
Location: The DPWF is located on the Bruce Power site in Bruce County, on the east shore of Lake Huron in the Province of Ontario
Licensee: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd.
Status: Storage with surveillance
Licence expires: December 31, 2034
Focus on safety and the environment
The CNSC is committed to protecting the safety of people and the environment. Click below for current environmental and safety performance data for the Douglas Point Waste Facility.
Latest facility-specific updates
- July 18, 2019: CNL Application for Licence Amendment to Proceed with Phase 3 Decommissioning at Douglas Point Waste Facility (source: CNL)
- February 8, 2019: Record of Decision - Canadian Nuclear Laboratories - Application to Separate the Waste Facility Decommissioning Licence for Douglas Point, Gentilly-1 and Nuclear Power Demonstration into Three Licences
- October 22, 2014: Record of Proceedings - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited - Request for Five Licence Transfers to, and Request for Two Specific Exemptions for, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Limited
- July 16, 2014: Record of Proceedings - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited - Application to Replace the AECL Prototype Waste Management Facility Licences
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