The Notorious Pickering Nuclear Plant
Just east of Scarborough sits the Pickering Nuclear Plant, Ontario’s oldest operational nuclear plant. When construction began on the Pickering Station in the 1960s, it was designed to be one of the largest nuclear stations in the world. It was also designed to operate continuously for 30 years with a high level of reliability.
While the old Ontario Hydro achieved its first objective of building a massive nuclear station on the shores of Lake Ontario, it failed miserably on the second: Pickering is now notorious for its poor performance and high costs.