Darlington Nuclear Generating Station Refurbishment

Collection related to the refurbishment and continued operation environmental assessment of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has sought approval to refurbish the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station in Clarington, Ontario (DNGS), one of the largest nuclear power plants in North America. The Darlington Refurbishment Project involves the refurbishment of the four reactors at the DNGS to enable continued operations for approximately 25 to 30 additional years past their original operating lifespan. The OPG’s proposal to spend $8 – $14 billion to run the four Darlington reactors was required to pass a federal environmental review before it could proceed. On March 13, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada approved their environmental assessment (EA) of the project. CELA and a number of groups argue that the CNSC’s approval of the EA failed to meet the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act because it failed to consider, amongst others: the environmental effects of accidents or malfunctions that may occur in connection with the project; the potential effects on Lake Ontario’s water quality and fisheries; the duty to protect the environment and human health, to apply the precautionary principle, and to take actions to promote sustainable development. Below is a collection of information related to the work CELA is doing on this matter.

Media Releases and Blogs

Provincial growth plan and nuclear plans on collision course
Ruling Shows Trudeau Should Strengthen Environmental Review Law
STATEMENT re: Federal Court’s ruling in Darlington refurbishment appeal
Anti-radiation pill distribution should meet international best practices
Public interest groups in court to appeal plan to refurbish aging nuclear reactors
Environmental Groups Demand Censored Nuclear Risk study
Environmental groups launch appeal of Darlington nuclear rebuild project
Environmental groups launch Federal Court challenge to Darlington refurbishment

Legal Submissions and Presentations