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The plant has experienced several accidents of varying severity throughout its nearly 50 years of operation, including a major incident in 1983 which caused major damage to one of its reactors and cost an estimated $1 billion CAD to fix. “ The people in Ontario need to have faith in the emergency system.”. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, who oversees the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre which controls the province’s alert system, said in a statement that a routine training exercise was underway Sunday morning and the alert was sent in error. Important update: the alert regarding #Pickering Nuclear was sent in error. "There was no incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station that should have triggered public notification. ", In an interview with CBC News, Ryan added: "It would appear to me that there was a breakdown in that protocol and this is exactly why we've demanded the investigation.". The delayed retraction, Jones said, was part due diligence to ensure that there was no issue at the nuclear station. In 1994, Pickering A was the site of Canada’s worst accident at a commercial nuclear station. At 7:24 a.m. It is one of the oldest nuclear power stations in the world and Canada's third-largest, producing about 15% of Ontario's power and employing 3,000 workers. A retraction alert went out to phones at about 9:11 a.m., approximately 106 minutes after the first alert. The Majeed family in Pickering said they felt scared when they received the emergency alert. Increase your radius to see more recent local stories. Decommissioning is now set to start in 2028. Six remain in operation. This created a series of small cracks which linked up and caused the long rupture. "It just puts everybody in a panic mode. Nuclear industry in #Fukushima and #Chernobyl underplayed severity of accident at every step. "The previous alert was sent in error. Pickering’s Unit No. Some Ontario residents said the first alert was alarming. Please see my statement in response to the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station emergency alert. In the unlikely event of a nuclear accident, OPG would notify local and provincial governments within fifteen minutes, and provincial/regional officials would then notify the public of next-steps in any impacted areas through sirens, automated phone calls and widespread announcements via the National Public Alerting system, radio, TV, social media and the web. The kit contains potassium iodide pills. Critics say shutting down the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is overdue. The plant has experienced several accidents of varying severity throughout its nearly 50 years of operation, including a major incident in 1983 which caused major damage to one of its reactors and cost an estimated $1 billion CAD to fix. It just kind of made you really scared, because you knew you needed to get out," said Moss, who has lived in Pickering for 38 years. Heather Moss, who lives about two kilometres from the plant, said she didn't hear the alert on her phone, but her son came to her house and told her to "get up and start my car, and be prepared to evacuate.". It operates six CANDU reactors, generates 14 per cent of Ontario's electricity, is responsible for 4,500 jobs across the region and is one of the largest nuclear generating stations in the world, according to OPG. webmaster@newstalk1010.com, 299 Queen Street West "There is NO active nuclear situation taking place at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station," the second alert read. "I want to assure the public that there was no incident at the station, and the plant is operating as designed.". ET, the alert was issued provincewide, saying an incident was reported at the station. Stay up-to-date and in-the-know by subscribing to one of our newsletters. ON With everything that's happening today, you can think, 'OK, is this a terrorist or something? On December 10, 1994, a pipe break at Pickering reactor 2 resulted in a major loss of coolant accident and a spill of 185 tonnes of heavy water. There is no danger to the public or environment. For many years, OPG’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (GS) has been a proud part of the Pickering community, playing an important role in delivering clean, reliable power for Ontario. Get connected to your community! The dog appeared to be malnourished, police said. The reactor was restarted 14 months later. It's "nonsense" that the alert was sent in error, she added. Just got an emergency alert about an accident. When the alert arrived, Merinisa Natada, who has lived in Pickering for 10 years, started looking for the kit that residents living within 10 kilometres of the plant are sent, to use in the event of a nuclear emergency. Two thirds of these mishaps occurred in the US. The first four Pickering Nuclear reactors went into service in 1971. Still the false alert has left some searching for answers. ", Watch: President of the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering on the plant's safety. The mayor said he was also promptly contacted by Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge and the OPG to reassure him that it was a mistake. At about 7:25 a.m. on Sunday, the province said an incident was reported at the station, located off of Montgomery Park Road in Pickering. At 7:23 a.m. on January 12, 2020, two employees of the Provincial Emergency Operation Centre sent a message to most cell phones in Ontario, warning those living within 10 kilometres of the plant of an “incident at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station,” where … A lot of thoughts were going through my head.". Jones said she has tasked Doug Brown, the chief of emergency management, to do a full investigation into what occurred on Sunday morning. 250 Richmond Street West, Third Floor, Toronto ON M5V 1W4, 416-872-1010 | 1-877-518-5151 (toll-free long distance), General policy questions or comments: Mike Bendixen - Program Director, Questions about News programming and policy. Ryan said he immediately heard from all the emergency services in Durham Region including fire and police. 416-384-8000, General policy questions or comments: Mike Bendixen - Program Director Get the latest breaking news from Pickering's online newspaper, www.durhamregion.com. “And if it was an error by one of our staff members, we really want to look into what additional protocols, what additional procedures can we put into place to make sure that the system is robust so that individuals have full confidence throughout this province in the system. I'm right in the midst of it and that was pretty scary. She lives within a 10-kilometre radius of the plant. The Canadian province of Ontario accidentally sent out an emergency alert regarding an "incident" at a Toronto-area nuclear plant. What's up with the Pickering nuclear power station accident. By ticking this box I agree to receive the chosen newsletter(s), including promotional, programming, marketing and other survey emails. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. It's currently slated to be decommissioned in 2024. Speaking to CBC News, Jones said that while there was no threat to public safety in this instance, in the event of an actual emergency, she would rather that an alert go out widely than to be limited to a more narrow region. Later on Sunday, OPG Chief Nuclear Officer Sean Granville said in a statement: "OPG has a sophisticated and robust notification process in place that we would immediately follow in the unlikely event of an incident at the station. Twelve more CANDUs were built in Ontario, eight at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station at Douglas Point and the newest four at Darlington. There is no danger to the public or environment. "There has been NO abnormal release of radioactivity from the station and emergency staff are responding to the situation," the alert read. The Pickering nuclear power plant has been in service since 1971. I know many @CityOfToronto residents - especially those who live near Pickering - were unnecessarily alarmed by this alert. advertising@newstalk1010.com, Questions about a prize won with NEWSTALK 1010? However, as we have seen with most recently, of Fukushima, some nuclear emergencies can occur. When Cheryl Lewis-Thurab saw the emergency alert on her phone Sunday morning, she said it immediately frightened her. The Meadow Lake Hospital will not be offering obstetrical services until further notice, according to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). Canadian nuclear safety officials have been dealing with a split-second mistake that shut down a reactor at the Pickering nuclear station east of Toronto. The Star, By TESS KALINOWSKIStaff Reporter, Sun., March 11, 2018 A Fukushima-scale meltdown at the Pickering nuclear power plant would exact a devastating human … After years of providing safe, clean, reliable power, the Pickering Nuclear GS will end commercial operations. Pickering has been saved as your Local News location Close + 5 miles + 10 miles + 20 miles + 30 miles. The Emergency Core Cooling System was used to prevent a meltdown. Business Dec 29, 2020. Nor was there ever any danger to the public or environment," Jones added. Report paints grim picture of Fukushima-scale nuclear accident in Pickering, A Fukushima-scale nuclear incident at Pickering would mean the loss of 154,000 Toronto-area homes for up to 100 years, says an environmental group. While I am relieved that there was no actual emergency, I am upset that an error such as this occurred. Location: Pickering, Ontario Operator: Ontario Power Generation Reactor type: CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) Vendor: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited Number of units: 8 reactors Installed capacity: 3,100 MW Status units 1 and 4: Operating Status units 2 and 3: Safe storage Status units 5, 6, 7 and 8: Operating Licence issued: September 1, 2018 Licence expires: August 31, 2028 Start of commercial operation: Between 1971 and 197… The City of Pickering also tweeted the alert was a mistake. I wouldn't believe #pickering if they say the alert was a mistake this could mean there is an ongoing problem or there was a near catastrophic miss. There was so… The event marked the anniversary of the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan on March 11, 2011, and proposed the closure of the Pickering Nuclear Station. "While I am relieved that there was no actual emergency, I am upset that an error such as this occurred. While the AECB pondered Pickering’s future, Ontario Hydro officials predicted that it would take at least a month before Unit No. The province tried to implement one in 2009, but discontinued the project six years later, "having spent about $7.5 million without it ever going live.". I understand I can withdraw my consent to any of the aforementioned items at any time. The Pickering plant, however, is not the only link in the province’s nuclear power supply chain where it’s unclear what the plans are in the event of a serious accident. Pickering is Ontario’s oldest nuclear station and is scheduled to close in 2024. M5V 2Z5. Pickering Nuclear Generating Station emergency alert videos and latest news articles; GlobalNews.ca your source for the latest news on Pickering Nuclear Generating Station emergency alert . On December 10, 1994, a pipe break at Pickering reactor 2 resulted in a major loss of coolant accident and a spill of 185 tonnes of heavy water. The power plant is run by Ontario Power Generation and has been in service since 1971. NOTICE TO READERS: Local News News 12:07 PM. “People near the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station DO NOT need to take any protective actions at this time.”. If you live within approximately 10 km of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, you will have received information about what to do in the unlikely event of a nuclear accident from OPG. ; The alert appears to have been sent throughout Ontario, though it said it was meant for people within 10 kilometers of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. Committee members toured the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, spoke with concerned citizens in the area, heard witnesses in Ottawa, commissioned an independent expert review of the accident risk posed by Pickering A and met with U.S. regulatory officials in Washington and officials of the World Association of Nuclear Operators in Atlanta, Georgia. 416-872-1010 | 1-877-518-5151 (toll-free long distance), Send a Text ", In a tweet about 40 minutes later, Ontario Power Generation said the first alert was sent "in error.". Like many of you, I was very troubled to have received that emergency alert this morning. news@newstalk1010.com, Questions about News programming and policy Canadians near the city of Pickering in Ontario received a terrifying push alert on Sunday about an "incident" at a nearby nuclear facility — but the emergency notification was sent by mistake. Be the first to know about the stories that will shape your day -- delivered to your inbox twice every weekday, Newstalk 1010 - Breaking News and Programming Alerts, Stay up-to-date and in-the-know! At this event Ontario Clean Air Alliance and Durham Nuclear Awareness addressed a new report by Dr. Ian Fairlie, a … There was no incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station that should have triggered public notification. The people of Ontario have questions,” Jones said. An alert sent early Sunday was later pulled back, saying it was sent in error. Latest More stories News 06:00 AM. Lessons learned following these incidents will help strengthen nuclear safety and personal preparedness for all Ontarians. 71010, Newsroom Line The series of announcements that a mistake was made seemed of little comfort to residents who expressed alarm about a possible serious situation nearby. “This morning’s error was inexcusable.”. Jones said she wants to see the changes that will be recommended in the investigation to ensure a better system is in place. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. 250 Richmond Street West, Third Floor Carlos Osorio / Reuters file. Yet? An emergency alert indicating a problem at Pickering's nuclear plant was a false alarm, but a big wake up call to many in its vicinity. It had been scheduled to be decommissioned this year, but the former Liberal government – and the current Ford government – committed to keeping it open until 2024. “How do you have an accident like that. she told CBC News. The Canadian province of Ontario accidentally sent out an emergency alert regarding an "incident" at a Toronto-area nuclear plant. We have confirmed that there is no emergency or incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, and that there is no danger to the public. With files from Natalie Kalata, Irene Thomaidis and The Canadian Press, Audience Relations, CBC P.O. The alert system is tested twice daily to ensure it is ready in the event of an emergency, Jones told CBC News. The province's auditor general highlighted issues with Ontario's emergency management in her 2017 annual report. "The government of Ontario sincerely apologizes for raising public concern and has begun a full investigation to determine how this error happened, and will take the appropriate steps to ensure this doesn't happen again.". Jones said the alert was sent during a routine maintenance test to ensure the system is ready. — Shawn Smyth (@retchman) January 12, 2020. A Fukushima-scale nuclear incident at Pickering would mean the loss of 154,000 Toronto-area homes for up to 100 years, says an environmental group. Publishing date: Jan 03, 2019 • January 3, 2019 • 2 minute read. Ontario's solicitor general apologized for an emergency alert sent by mistake early Sunday that warned people in the province of an incident at the Pickering nuclear generating station east of Toronto. Report paints grim picture of Fukushima-scale nuclear accident in Pickering, A Fukushima-scale nuclear incident at Pickering would mean the loss of 154,000 Toronto-area homes for up to 100 years, says an environmental group. At 8:23 a.m., the office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford confirmed in an email to CBC Toronto that the alert was a mistake. The alert said people near the station do not need to "take any protective actions at this time. Decommissioning is now set to start in 2028. Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Pickering, Ontario. 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