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The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment & Climate Change
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
RE: Support for Ontario Power Generation’s Deep Geological Repository at the Bruce site
Dear Minister McKenna,
I would like to express Bruce Power’s support for Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) proposed Deep Geological Repository (DGR) at the Bruce Power site, near Tiverton, ON.
As concluded by the Joint Review Panel, this is a safe and effective way to manage this level of waste over the long term, and it’s important that we accept the findings of this independent, science-based process. In addition, as an active member in the host region of the proposed DGR, we think it’s also important for us to recognize support from local municipalities and the commitment OPG has made to Indigenous Communities moving forward.
The long-term storage of low and intermediate level waste through a DGR facility is an internationally accepted strategy, which results in a safe and scientifically sound solution. It is also one that we at Bruce Power have integrated into our long-term waste management strategy for our Life-Extension Program, as well as the continued operation of our site to 2064 and beyond.
We have a requirement to fully fund the cost of the waste products we produce and the eventual decommissioning of the facility, and this is included in our price of power. The cost of the DGR as a key element to this equation is funded within both Bruce Power’s and OPG’s long-term planning.
In the nuclear industry, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide reliable, low-cost and low-carbon electricity, resulting in the avoidance of millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Like all forms of power, we strive to continuously lessen our impact, and, as is often highlighted through various public forums, waste minimization and storage is one of our industry’s leading efforts.
Through a unique agreement by which Bruce Power leases its two stations from OPG, we work very closely on waste management reduction strategies and strive to remain on the cutting edge of innovation. Even with the approval of the DGR, we will continue to innovate to minimize waste through our operations and across our industry.
Nuclear has powered the Province of
Ontario for decades, providing low-cost, reliable electricity, and
allowing Canada to be a leader in the production of medical isotopes
such as Cobalt-60 which is exported around the world. The industry
has created good jobs and economic growth, while keeping the air we
Michael W. Rencheck
President and Chief Executive Officer
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