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.

Facility Information

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

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