Pickering Nuclear Generating Station Emergency Alert

Update: Pickering Nuclear Generating Station emergency alert issued in error, Ontario Power Generation. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones has issued an apologyfor Pickering Nuclear Generating Station Emergency Alert

Today we woke up to this:



The emergency bulletin, was sent out around 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, saying it applies to people within 10 kilometres of the facility.

The alert said, “An incident was reported at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. There has been no abnormal release of radioactivity from the station and emergency staff are responding to the situation.”

We live so near (within 3 kms as the crow flies), and kids started screaming, “We are going to die! Let us get out of here”!

Though, the alert said, that there is NO need to take protective actions, I gave my eldest, Potassium Iodine Tablets box with the set of instructions, and asked him read, to calm him down.



Potassium iodide (KI) pills are sent to all homes and businesses within 10 km of a nuclear power station and it is a requirement by The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) — the federal agency that monitors the safe operation of nuclear stations.

So far on the news, nothing!! Other than, Twitter exploding with “incident”!

Fingers crossed, we are waiting for more information!

What to do in case, there is an emergency –


Credit: CDC

Update from Ontario Power Gen 8:06 AM, January 12, 2020:

“the alert regarding #Pickering Nuclear was sent in error. There is no danger to the public or environment.”


So, why was it sent out in the first place?

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