Nuclear Power Plant Alert Sent in Error – D’oh!


(ONTARIO) – Earlier this morning an Ontario-wide, mass alert was sent to citizens regarding an “incident” that unfolded at the Pickering, Ontario nuclear power plant. The Ontario Government sent out the alert.

The fire chief says that they were working hard to send out a retraction as soon as possible.


“There has been NO abnormal release of radioactivity from the station” “People near the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station DO NOT need to take any protective actions at this time.” the alert said.

The Provincial Emergency Operations Centre along with Ontario Power Generation both confirmed that the alert was sent out by mistake. A full retraction and explanation is expected soon.

Media reports that there was a “power flicker” at the power station earlier this morning but it was unrelated to the alert.


The mass alert this morning said that the alert applied to people within 10 kilometres of the power station but the alert was sent out province-wide.

Pickering’s nuclear plant is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2024 and has been in service since 1971. Ontario Power Generation runs it.


5 Replies to “Nuclear Power Plant Alert Sent in Error – D’oh!”

  1. This is why with all these annoying alerts we should be able to opt out of getting them. Not one sent out all last year has applied to us in northern Ontario and I for one am annoyed getting them in the middle of the night and want to opt out

  2. Mistakes are made anytime humans are involved.
    Happy to know all the notifications I signed up for, all worked.
    I would rather an alert is sent when not needed, than nothing sent when one is.
    Stop crying GTA- and no, you wont be financially compensated.

  3. People within 10kms? I got the alarm this morning and started contacting relatives in the Toronto area. This little ‘glitch’ could have set off a mass panic. Next it will include all emergencies such as flailers dancing in the streets!

  4. It’ll be decommissioned in 2024?? Meanwhile the gov’t is pushing everyone to get electric cars.
    I wonder what they’re planning to use to replace the lost power generation capacity?

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