The main purpose of Canada’s review process and regulatory framework is not just to follow rules, but to safeguard Canada (and the world) from the consequences of a nuclear catastrophe. We therefore compare the progress and planning of the DGR not only with Canada’s regulations, but with practices that have led to catastrophe elsewhere in the world. Since many of these practices are present in the current incarnation of the DGR, we document these problems with an eye towards not duplicating them here.
We focus especially on the impact that these nuclear facilities have had on their neighboring bodies of water because of the importance of the Great Lakes. (Almost all nuclear plants are located next to bodies of water that they use to cool the reactor.)