Darlington Nuclear Power Plant

Location: Bowmanville, Municipality of Clarington, ON

Summary

The Darlington project is for the site preparation, construction, operation, decommissioning and abandonment of up to four new nuclear reactors at the existing Darlington site to generate approximately 4,800 megawatts of electricity to the Ontario grid.

Latest news

Darlington Joint Review Panel Activity to Date

Licensing progress details (Timelines are best estimates and are subject to change.)

Environmental assessment and site preparation
Project milestone Responsibility and status Date Comment
CNSC and other federal Authorities Applicant

Ontario Power Generation applies for a licence to prepare site (PDF)


Completed by Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

September 2006

Notice of environmental assessment (EA)

Read Project Description (PDF)


Completed by CNSC

May 2007

Additional information was required to complete the project description. This was completed in 2007 and allowed the environmental assessment to start.

Federal Minister of Environment refers EA to a joint review panel (JRP)


Completed by the Minister of Environment

March 2008

Draft environmental impact statement (EIS) Guidelines and JRP agreement published for comments


Completed by CNSC/CEAA

September 2008

Comment period on draft environmental impact statement guidelines and JRP agreement


Completed

September to November 2008

Opportunity for the public, Aboriginal groups and other stakeholders to review and provide comments.

Final EIS guidelines and JRP Agreement published


Completed by the Minister of Environment

March 2009

Finalized by the federal Minister of the Environment, in consultation with the President of CNSC, based on comments received.

Major Projects Management Office (MPMO)
project agreement signed
(source: MPMO)


Completed by MPMO

May 2009

An MPMO Project Agreement is an agreement between federal Deputy Ministers that outlines the process by which federal departments or agencies will carry out their particular roles or responsibilities during the federal regulatory review of a proposed major resource project. The agreement includes a timeline and schedule for the completion of the regulatory review with regular milestones to allow tracking of progress.

Ontario Power Generation submits the EIS with documentation
for licence to prepare site to the CNSC


Completed by OPG

September 2009

Appointment of JRP


Completed by the Minister of Environment and the Governor in Council

October 2009

Appointed by the Minister of the Environment and the Governor in Council in consultation with the President of the CNSC.

Notice of EIS review period (CEAA)


Completed by JRP

November 2009

JRP announces the start of the EIS review period with instructions to provide comments.

Start of public comment period

Review of EIS, including public review


Led by JRP

November 2009–October 2010

Comment period * led by JRP, including conformity and technical review and information requests to OPG regarding the EIS and application for a licence to prepare site submitted by Ontario Power Generation in September 2009. Review opportunity for the JRP, public, Aboriginal groups and other stakeholder for comments.

*The comment period's end date is determined according to the amount of time the applicant requires to respond to the JRP's request.

End of public comment period


Completed by JRP

October 2010

Final deadline for public comments on OPG's environmental impact statement and application for a licence to prepare a site

JRP public hearing announcement


Completed by JRP

December 14, 2010

JRP has determined that the environmental impact statement and the information in support of the application for a licence to prepare a site, along with additional information supplied by Ontario Power Generation, has provided the panel with enough information to proceed to a public hearing.

JRP public hearing

New release issued on January 25, 2012


Completed by JRP

March 21, 2011 to April 8, 2011

A public hearing was held from March 21, 2011 to April 8, 2011 in the Municipality of Clarington, Ontario, to hear views about the EIS and the application for a licence to prepare site from the public, Aboriginal groups, Ontario Power Generation and other stakeholders.

CNSC staff participated at the hearing to provide its expert opinion to the JRP concerning its review of OPG’s environmental impact statement and licence to prepare site application.

Notice to interested parties or registered participants: Announcement of the 20-day deadline for the submission of written final comments: April 27, 2011


Completed by JRP

April 27, 2011

The JRP gave notice that hearing participants have 20 days to submit written final comments with a deadline of May 17, 2011

Close of public record


Completed by JRP

June 3, 2011

The JRP received and made public all the information that it needs, from the hearing, and therefore closed the record for the environmental assessment and is proceeding with the preparation of its environmental assessment report.

JRP submits the environmental assessment report to the federal Minister of the Environment


Completed by JRP

August 25, 2011

The report is published and presented by the Minister of the Environment to the Governor in Council. Subject to the Government of Canada response to the report, the joint review panel may then proceed to make a decision on OPG's application for a licence to prepare site

Federal government’s response to the JRP's EA report (source: Natural Resources Canada)

Press release Government Accepts Recommendations of Joint Review Panel for Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project (Source: Natural Resources Canada)

Response report (Source:  CEAA)

Final decision (Source: CEAA)


Completed by the Government of Canada

May 2, 2012

CNSC issues a site preparation licence for OPG Darlington Nuclear Power Plant Project


Completed by JRP

August 17, 2012
Construction
Project milestone Responsibility
and status
Date Comment
CNSC and other federal authorities Applicant
Protocol between OPG and the CNSC for the Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project: Pre-Construction and Construction Licence Application Activities (PDF) (May 2012)
Completed by CNSC
May 2012

Ontario Power Generation applies for licence to construct

Expected from OPG

To be determined

The CNSC holds public hearings

Expected from CNSC

To be determined

CNSC holds hearings on the Ontario Power Generation application for a licence to construct and decides on the application.

Operation
Project milestone Responsibility and status Date Comment
CNSC and other federal authorities Applicant

Ontario Power Generation applies for licence to operate

Expected from OPG

To be determined

CNSC hold public hearings

Expected from CNSC

To be determined

CNSC holds public hearings on the Ontario Power Generation application for a licence to operate and decides on the application

Decommissioning and abandonment
To be determined