PICKERING NUCLEAR'S LIFE EXTENDED WHILE DARLINGTON GETS A REBUILD

Jan 11, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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The Wynne government wants to get four more years out of the Pickering nuclear station – and it will also launch a $12.8-billion-dollar re-do of the Darlington power station in the autumn of 2016.

Ontario Power Generation – which owns both reactors – had originally planned to decommission them in 2020.

The government has decided to keep Pickering running until 2024 – while the four nuclear reactors at Darlington are rebuilt – to extend their lives by about 30 years.

Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats are concerned that taxpayers will be on the hook for huge cost overruns with the Darlington rebuild.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wants to keep generating about half of Ontario’s electricity – from nuclear power.

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