As many Ontarians react to the news that an alert of an “incident” at Pickering Nuclear Generation Station was sent in error, the town’s mayor is looking for answers.
“Like many of you, I was very troubled to have received that emergency alert this morning. While I am relieved that there was no actual emergency, I am upset that an error such as this occurred,” Mayor Dave Ryan said in a social media post at 9 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 12), approximately an hour after reports of the error surfaced.
“I have spoken to the Province, and am demanding that a full investigation take place.”
The initial alert came just before 7:30 a.m., stating there had been an “incident” at the facility but “no abnormal release of radioactivity”.
At about 8 a.m., Durham MP Erin O’Toole tweeted there was no cause for concern. Minutes later, Ontario Power Generation stated the alert was “sent in error”.
Durham Regional Police say they are working with the Durham Emergency Management and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to clarify the situation and will provide an update when possible.
Shortly before 10 a.m., Durham Region shared the following message, echoing the words of OPG:
“The Regional Municipality of Durham has been advised by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre that the Emergency Alert issued this morning regarding the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station was sent in error. There is no danger to the public or the environment. Please do not call 9-1-1 for updates.”
Watch thebrockvoice.com for more information as it becomes available.