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Pickering nuclear plant gets operating license extension

CNSC needs more time to evaluate application to extend operating license for another five years.

PICKERING, Ont.—Ontario Power Generation has received a two-month extension on its operating licenses for Pickering A and B Nuclear Generating Stations.

Its existing licenses, which would have expired on June 30, 2013, will now remain valid until August 31, 2013.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) granted the extension while it evaluates a longer-term license renewal application from the OPG, which is requesting a single license to cover both power stations for a five-year period.

There are six CANDU reactors of eight in operation at the Pickering site. When combined, Units 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8, have a capacity of 3,100 Megawatts; Units 2 and 3 are no longer operational. The OPG says it is planning for the continued operation of units 5, 6, 7, 8 until 2020.

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