Conference Proceedings Paper
PICKERING SAFE STORAGE - CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
3rd Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration - 2016 Sept. 11-14
C. Adams (Ontario Power Generation)
J. Clemo (Ontario Power Generation)
D. Jarron (Ontario Power Generation)
As the Pickering Nuclear Station end of life approaches, planning continues for the Pickering Safe Storage Project (SAFSTOR). The project team will plan and execute the transition of the station from its current operating state, to its SAFSTOR state, in which the facility will remain until dismantling and demolition activities commence after a 30 year lay-up period.
The goal of the project will be to minimize hazards on site by defuelling the reactors of spent fuel, dewatering systems containing tritiated heavy water, and removing from service systems no longer required to support the operation of the station. Although the station will no longer generate power for the safe storage period, an operational footprint will be required to continue to support operational and regulatory requirements, such as the removal of fuel from the irradiated fuel bays, storage of heavy water, and ongoing monitoring and security requirements.
The purpose of this paper is to provide insights into some of the challenges faced, as well as opportunities being explored for a larger multi-unit nuclear power plant as it prepares for permanent shutdown and eventual decommissioning.
This paper will specifically explore challenges which arise in finding the most effective, efficient and environmentally responsible solutions for the ongoing management of groundwater, surface water, service water and liquid waste streams which will continue to be generated by the facility in SAFSTOR.
Individual Conference-Paper Copies (Electronic Where Available):
- For CNS members, the first 5 copies per calendar year are free, and additional copies are $10 each.
- For non-members, the price is $25 for the first Conference-paper copy in a request, and $10 each for additional copies of papers in the same conference and in the same request.
- Contact the CNS office to order reprints.