This project is aimed at adding additional nuclear generation to OPG's Darlington power plant in Darlington, Ontario.
"OPG is pleased with the Federal Governments decision," said Albert Sweetnam, OPGs Executive Vice President, Nuclear Projects. "We were confident in the conclusions of our extensive studies, however independent review and confirmation provides added assurance that the project will not result in any significant adverse environmental effects, given mitigation.
OPG now awaits a decision by the Joint Review Panel, as a panel of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the federal regulator for nuclear power in Canada, on the next key milestone: the issuance of the site preparation license. The site preparation license is the first of three licenses required to build and operate a new nuclear facility in Canada.
In 2009, OPG submitted the Environmental Impact Statement and supporting technical documents in support of the project, along with an updated application for a "license to prepare site." A federally appointed Joint Review Panel undertook an extensive review involving federal, provincial and municipal agencies, independent technical experts, and held 17 days of public hearings before recommending to the Federal Government they accept the EA.