The Province has launched an investigation after an alert about an incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station was mistakenly sent to the public Sunday (Jan. 12).
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.”
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones released a statement shortly after 12:30 p.m. addressing the situation.
“Earlier today, an emergency alert was issued by the Province of Ontario stating there was a situation at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. The alert was issued in error to the public during a routine training exercise being conducted by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC). There was no incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station that should have triggered public notification. Nor was there ever any danger to the public or environment,” it reads.
“Emergency exercises are a critical component of ensuring preparedness for emergency management and response agencies. The PEOC conducts training exercises regularly and there was no intention to notify the public in this instance. The Government of Ontario sincerely apologizes for raising public concern and has begun a full investigation to determine how this error happened and will take the appropriate steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”