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CNSC Witnessed Exercise on September 30th

16 September 2020

One of the ways BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. (BWXT NEC) protects the health, safety and security of its employees, members of the public and environment is by ensuring that there is always an up-to-date and effective emergency plan in place. The plan outlines how we will prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies at our facilities. The effectiveness of our plans are continuously assessed through regular drills and exercises.

We are currently updating our plan for the Peterborough facility. Over the course of the summer, we successfully conducted a series of drills. These drills occurred in July through September and first responders were on-site as part of a coordinated effort to ensure effective response in the event of a real emergency. First responders participate in a number of drills with many businesses, schools and organizations in the Peterborough area to ensure they are familiar with the area and ready for any type of emergency.

In June, before the drills occurred, we sent a postcard mailer to our neighbours with information about our upcoming Emergency Drills in the summer. We also posted this information on our website (www.nec.bwxt.com) and on social media. We wanted to make sure the public was aware in advance of the drills. On drill days, we hung fence line banners along Monaghan Road near our entrance, updated our 1.855.696.9588 voicemail and the front page of our website, and had representatives out front of the facility to answer questions from the public.

On September 30th, BWXT NEC will participate in a scheduled full-scale exercise at the 1160 Monaghan Road facility which will be witnessed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

There are no credible accident scenarios that require evacuation or shelter in place of the public due to a release of radiation from the Peterborough or Toronto site. Neither site houses a nuclear reactor, but rather natural uranium, which cannot become highly radioactive until it is installed in a nuclear reactor at our customers’ sites.

Contact us at questions@bwxt.com or 1.855.696.9588 if you have any questions, comments or concerns.