Published: Sun, January 12, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Emergency alert about Ont. nuclear plant was sent by mistake

Emergency alert about Ont. nuclear plant was sent by mistake

The Ontario Power Generation, which runs the plant, later said the message had been "sent in error" and that there was "no danger to the public or environment".

The province has sent out an emergency alert after an unspecified incident at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station was reported, but says that there's been no "abnormal release of radioactivity".

Important update: the alert regarding #Pickering Nuclear was sent in error.

Durham MP Erin O'Toole is also calling for the emergency alert system to be reviewed. "People near the Pickering Nuclear Generation Station DO NOT need to take protective actions at this time".

Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan said he was upset over what happened and will be demanding an investigation.

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OPG sent out a tweet about 40 minutes after the emergency alert, which was pushed to cellphones at about 7:30 a.m., saying it was a mistake.

YouTube tech reviewer Timmy Joe wrote on Twitter that he received the alert early Sunday morning despite being far outside the affected area.

A second alert was sent out nearly two hours later saying the initial message had been a mistake.

Others took aim at the plant that's set to be decommissioned, saying Pickering "is past it's best".

The plant has seen several accidents of varying severity since the 1970s, including a loss of coolant accident in 1983 and a spill of 185 tonnes of heavy water in 1994. Pickering generates 14 percent of Ontario's electricity, and is responsible for 4,500 jobs across the region, according to Ontario Power.

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