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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has accepted the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed in-situ decommissioning of the Whiteshell Reactor 1 (WR-1). The EIS, first submitted by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)in 2017, has now passed the regulator's completeness check and entered the final technical review stage. The technical review process is expected to take about a year, after which the Final EIS will be submitted. A final decision on the project will be determined by CNSC after a public hearing.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-whiteshell-reactor-approved-for-decommissioning-10539019

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has granted a 20-year renewal of its Fuel Facility Operating Licence to Cameco Fuel Manufacturing (CFM) at Port Hope in Ontario. This will allow CFM to operate until 28 February 2043 during which it will have to undergo a comprehensive mid-point (10-year) review of its operations as well as a yearly regulatory oversight report meeting and compliance verification activities.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslicence-renewal-for-cameco-fuel-manufacturing-10539215

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' (CNL's) draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed in-situ decommissioning of the Whiteshell Reactor 1 (WR-1) has now passed the regulator's completeness check and entered the final technical review stage.

Date: Saturday, 21 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/WR-1-decommissioning-draft-EIS-complete,-says-regu

Bruce Power and its partners have completed the bulk of the construction phase of the major component replacement (MCR) outage at Bruce unit 6 and are transitioning to activities to bring the unit back online in the fourth quarter of 2023. Meanwhile, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is preparing to start work on its third reactor refurbishment and is on track to complete all four by 2026.

Date: Saturday, 31 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-refurbishment-projects-hit-milestones

Unit 4 at Canada’s Bruce Power NPP has returned to service following a successful 98-day planned maintenance outage, which represented a $130 million investment in the life extension of the unit. Work carried out during the outage included fuel channel inspections to ensure the unit will operate safely until its planned Major Component Replacement (MCR) outage begins in 2025. Unit 4 will undergo another planned inspection outage in May 2023.

Date: Saturday, 24 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbruce-power-4-returns-to-service-10460077

A draft law on the agreement to build two new reactors at Romania’s Cernavoda NPP was adopted by the government on 19 December and will now be submitted to parliament for approval of the agreement signed earlier between the state and Cernavoda operator Nuclearelectrica. “It is a very important law, which I hope will be adopted as soon as possible by my colleagues in the Parliament, in order to move forward with the project of the new units at Cernavoda,” Energy Minister Virgil Popescu said in a news release.

Date: Friday, 23 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsromanian-government-approves-draft-law-for-cernavoda-expansion-10456893

The draft law submitted to Romania's parliament covers a state support agreement with Nuclearelectrica relating to the estimated EUR7 billion (USD7.4 billion) project to complete two units at Cernavoda, where the country's existing two reactors are located.

Date: Thursday, 22 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Romania-adopts-draft-law-on-Cernavoda-3-and-4

Ontario is in a strong position to decarbonise its rapidly growing electricity grid, provided new storage, nuclear, renewables and expanded conservation efforts are ready to meet growing demand, according to a new report from the province's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

Date: Tuesday, 20 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ontario-can-decarbonise-with-help-of-nuclear,-repo

10-year project could add more than 30 years to operating life All four nuclear power plants at the Darlington site are undergoing mid-life refurbishment. Courtesy OPG. Canada’s nuclear regulator has given Ontario Power Generation (OPG) approval to load fuel into Darlington-3 reactor core following a major CAD12.8bn (USD9.5bn) refurbishment of all four pants at the Ontario facility.

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) executive vice-president and chief regulatory operations officer Ramzi Jammal said in a 28 November 2022 letter to OPG that the company had met the conditions for the removal of the hold-point and “fuel may now be loaded into the Unit 3 core”.

Hold points are mandatory checkpoints where CNSC approval is required before the licensee – in this case OPG – is allowed to move on to the next stage of the process to return the unit to operation.

OPG said it will now load 6,240 fuel bundles into the Candu 850 reactor core.

In February 2022, OPG said work had begun on the refurbishment of Unit 1 – the third of four nuclear reactors at the site to undergo mid-life refurbishment.

Date: Wednesday, 07 December 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/opg-to-begin-fuel-loading-after-completion-of-darlington-3-refurbishment-12-2-2022

Canada's nuclear regulator has given Ontario Power Generation (OPG) the go-ahead to load fuel into Darlington unit 3 after removing the first regulatory hold-point for the refurbished reactor.

Date: Saturday, 03 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Refurbished-OPG-reactor-cleared-to-begin-fuel-load