What We Do.
Straightforward answers to your questions.
Below, you’ll find helpful information about our operations in Toronto and Peterborough. But if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, hit the Talk to us button! We will get back to you promptly and tell you what you want to know about our systems and process.
How long have the plants been located in Toronto and Peterborough?
The GEH-C facilities in Toronto and Peterborough have been operating safely as part of the local communities for more than 50 years. We are extremely proud of our long track record of safe operations at the sites and our deep involvement in the communities in which we operate.
How many people work for GEH-C?
More than 50 people work for GEH-C at the Toronto facility and almost 300 people work for GEH-C in Peterborough in high-tech and administrative positions.
What do you make at the plants?
We make ceramic pellets that are produced from natural uranium powder. The pellets are 0.85 cm to 1.25 cm (1/3 inch to 1/2 inch) in diameter, and 0.85 cm to 1.7 cm (1/3 inch to 2/3 inch) in length. Our Toronto facility receives natural uranium oxide powder from Cameco Corporation, in Port Hope. After pressing, baking, grinding to precision size and inspecting the pellets, we send them to our facility in Peterborough, where they are placed into fuel bundles for CANDU power stations. The pellets made in our Toronto facility ultimately provide 50% of Ontario’s electricity.
What is uranium?
Uranium is an element found all around us in nature: in all rocks and soils; in rivers and oceans; in the food we eat; and in our bodies. Because uranium is a naturally occurring, low-level radioactive material that exists virtually everywhere, it contributes to what is called “natural background radiation.” You can learn more from the Canadian Nuclear Association’s fact sheet, Why is uranium important to Canada? (PDF).
Do you use enriched uranium?
No. We don’t use enriched uranium at either of our licensed facilities and use of enriched uranium is not included in our operating licence.
People have been saying we should worry about the safety of your plants. Is that true?
No. The safety of our employees and neighbours is our top priority – and eliminating or limiting adverse effects guides all we do at GEH-C. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulates the nuclear energy industry through a licensing process that requires demonstration of safe operations to limit the radiation that employees and members of the public receive. We’ve set our own limits, below CNSC-determined levels, to ensure that the regulatory limits are not reached.
Is it true that a person receives more radiation from everyday activities than from being near your plants?
Yes. We’re exposed to many common sources of radiation on a daily basis. Check out the comparison chart of “Radiation in Our Daily Lives” on our What is Radiation? page.
GEH-C has a Public Information and Disclosure Program with the objectives of providing information on the licensed activities to persons living in the vicinity of the site, fostering public awareness, and providing a forum for community members to discuss issues and concerns related to the licensed facilities.
The Public Information Program describes how GEH-C communicates with the target audience. Based on this program, GEH-C commits to:
- Maintain two-way communication channels with the target audience to understand and address comments, questions and concerns;
- Provide timely reporting on its website of unusual operational events with the potential for offsite consequences, or that would be of interest to the target audience;
- Provide timely reporting on its website of environmental events that trigger notification of the CNSC under Section 29 of the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations;
- Provide information to the target audience through GEH-C’s website and/or other Public Information Program activities, about significant operational changes or expansions that require an environmental assessment or amendments to our facility license;
- Post environmental monitoring results (relevant sections of Annual Compliance Reports) on its website;
- Consult with stakeholders to determine the type of information, and method for information sharing regarding this Proactive Disclosure Protocol;
- Post this Public Disclosure Protocol on our web site.
Public Disclosures – Toronto Pellet Operations
- Jan. 15, 2016 False Alarm at 1025 Lansdowne
- Dec. 23, 2015 False Alarm at 1025 Lansdowne
- Sept 15, 2014 Worker-Injury
- July 8, 2013 Heavy Rain Fall in Toronto.
- June 14, 2013 Fire Alarm at 1025 Lansdowne Ave.
- Feb 17, 2015 Sprinkler Water Leak at 1025 Lansdowne Ave.
Public Disclosures – Peterborough Operations (Fuel & Services)
Manager EHS & Licensing
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.
1025 Lansdowne Avenue
At GEH-C, we submit an Annual Compliance Report to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). Detailed performance information is available in this Annual Compliance Report, which demonstrates that GEH-C has successfully met the requirements of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.