Statement by Minister Chris Bentley on the Anniversary of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
One year ago today many of us were saddened by images from Japan, as the country endured the impact of a 9.0 earthquake and the following tsunami. The tsunami disabled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station, requiring heroic effort on the part of Japanese officials and operators.
The situation in Japan led to many questions about the safety of the nuclear plants here in Ontario. That's why the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) established the Fukushima Taskforce - to evaluate the operational, technical, and regulatory implications of the nuclear event in Japan. Ontario's nuclear operators, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Bruce Power have demonstrated that our plants are safe and have a strong design that adheres to the stringent safety and environmental standards set by the CNSC.
Following the situation in Japan, OPG and Bruce Power led a joint initiative to identify lessons learned from the incident and committed to a number of specific actions to be implemented at Ontario's nuclear sites. This included conducting thorough and ongoing assessments of safety procedures and protocols, emergency response training and equipment reliability.
Nuclear power has been meeting Ontario's energy needs safely for over 40 years and accounts for nearly half of the province's electricity. The McGuinty government remains committed to working together with the energy sector to ensure continued safety and reliable operation of nuclear power here in Ontario.