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Canada nuclear plant: Alert about incident sent in error

January 13, 2020 6:07 am

An emergency alert about an incident at a nuclear power plant in southern Canada was sent to mobile phones by mistake, officials say.

The warning said staff were responding to an incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station east of Toronto.

A second alert was sent out almost two hours later saying the initial message had been a mistake. It was not clear what caused the error.

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Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan said he was “demanding a full investigation”.

The first message was sent out at around 07:30 local time (12:30 GMT) on Sunday, and alerted people who were within 10km (six miles) of the facility. The warning was generated by the Ontario government’s Provincial Emergency Operations Centre.

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”. A second alert, at 09:11, said there was “NO active nuclear situation”.

The plant is located on the shores of Lake Ontario some 50km from Toronto. It started operating in 1971 and is one of the largest in the world.

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