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Alert sent for incident at Pickering nuclear power station 'sent in error'

The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is seen in an undated aerial photo near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is seen in an undated aerial photo near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

OTTAWA — The province of Ontario on Sunday reported an “incident” at the Pickering nuclear power station near Toronto but said there had been no abnormal release of radioactivity.

“Emergency staff are responding to the situation,” it said in an alert sent to cell phone users across the province. People living near the station – on the shores of Lake Ontario some 50 km (30 miles) east of downtown Toronto – did not need to take protective actions at this time, it said.

The alert was cancelled shortly after.

Pickering is Ontario’s oldest nuclear station and is scheduled to close in 2024.

It was originally scheduled to close this year but the government decided to keep it open, citing the good jobs there.

More to come.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren Editing by Frances Kerry)

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