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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  Contact Us button! We will get back to you promptly and tell you what you want to know about our systems and process.

At BWXT, 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.

How long have the plants been located in Toronto and Peterborough?
The BWXT 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 the long track record of safe operations at the sites and the deep involvement in the communities in which we operate.

How many people work for BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.?
More than 50 people work for BWXT at the Toronto facility and almost 300 people work for BWXT in Peterborough in high-tech and administrative positions. Overall, BWXT in Canada, including BWXT Canada Ltd, employ approximately 800 people in Ontario. Across all of BWX Technologies Inc. we employ close to 5,600 people.

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 BWXT. 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.

NUCLEAR FACT:

Canada is the world's leader in uranium production, which directly creates more than 5,000 jobs.

NUCLEAR FACT:

Nuclear energy produces virtually no greenhouse gases. It is THE cleanest source of energy that can be relied upon 24/7 to heat our homes, light our businesses, and power the Canadian economy.