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CNSC questions community Emergency Preparedness Planning

April 20, 2015

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At the recent Bruce Nuclear Power Licensing Renewal application hearing held in Kincardine, one of the major concerns of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) was the emergency preparedness of surrounding communities that included Saugeen Shores, Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss.

Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie said that her municipality felt that Bruce Power safety measures were completely reassuring and that every detail was continually reviewed.

Mayor Mike Smith of Saugeen Shores confirmed that Bruce Power's safety track record was second to none.  "Through their (Bruce Power) support of Emergency Preparedness efforts and obligations and their commitment to renewal and training of their local workforce, we are completely comfortable with the steps that have been taken for Emergency Preparedness."

According to Smith, the Huron Challenge that was held in 2012 throughout Bruce County was an example of the preparedness in the event of natural disasters and/or a nuclear generated situation.*Huron Challenge - a large-scale mock disaster
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*Introduction to the Huron Challenge 2012

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*Introduction to Emergency Response

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*Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) Click Here* Local student involvement
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"There were 70 provincial agencies that came together in an unprecedented exercise that utilized every facet of emergency response," Smith told the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) panel at the recent Bruce Power licence renewal application held in Kincardine.  "From first responders to the deployment of field hospitals, the exercise was invaluable and demonstrated the preparedness that could be almost immediate throughout the entire region surrounding the Bruce site."

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