Fire Protection Upgrades at Lepreau

March 17, 2014

On February 5, the Commission heard from New Brunswick Power (NB Power) on their progress towards meeting the national standard for fire protection programs of nuclear power plants (CSA N293-07).

NBPower's fire protection crew during an exercise

In renewing NB Power's licence prior to restart, the Commission established a regulatory hold point to ensure the company would reach overall compliance with CSA N293-07 before the end of 2014.

In the meantime, NB Power had to establish compensatory measures to satisfy the CNSC.

During their presentation, NB Power provided an overview of the improvement project put in place and outlined the key upgrades made to date.

These upgrades, involving capital expenditures of over $95 million dollars according to the company, include the addition of two onsite fire trucks, the construction of a storage facility and improvements to fire detection and suppression systems.

NBPower plans on providing the CNSC with its final submission in the fall of this year.

The company says it is confident it will meet the standard before year-end, as per its licence condition.

Other agenda items for the two-day meeting included:

  • CSA Group's nuclear standards program response to the CNSC Fukushima Task Force recommendation 9.4.
  • CNSC staff presentation on the evolution of nuclear reactor technologies.
  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited: Report from CNSC staff on the compliance activities following the discovery of dose records not submitted to the National Dose Registry.
  • Presentation on counterfeit, fraudulent and suspect items.

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