The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission announced on Friday that it had issued a transport license and certificate to Bruce Power Inc. for the shipment of 16 decommissioned steam generators from the Bruce Power site on Lake Huron on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway to Sweden for recycling.

The decision came after the Commission held several days of hearings in the fall of 2010. The hearings attracted an unusual amount of interest, and the Commission heard submissions from 77 intervenors.

Bruce Power now requires approval from Transport Canada and from the United States Department of Transportation before shipments can commence. Approvals for transportation through international waters in Europe are also required.

The steam generators themselves are each approximately 11.7 metres in length, 2.5 metres in diameter, and weigh approximately 100 tonnes. Following processing in Sweden, approximately 400 tonnes of low-level return waste (consisting of the portion of the generators not recycled in Sweden) will be returned to Bruce Power in several packages.