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Amber Alert sent for incident at Pickering nuclear power plant 'sent in error'

A mass alert telling millions of Ontario residents about a potential disaster at the Pickering Nuclear Station was a giant oops, say officials who took nearly an hour to recognize and admit the mistake.


An announcement on cellphones in the style of an Amber Alert went out about 7:19 a.m. from the Ontario government. It told of an unspecified “incident” at the plant that houses eight nuclear reactors on the edge of Lake Huron in Pickering, east of Toronto.
The advisory told people there had been no release of radioactivity, and that unidentified energy crews were at the plant.
It said people nearby were safe “at this time.”
Meanwhile there was no announcement from Ontario Power Generation, which owns the plant. Durham Regional Police told reporters they didn’t know of an incident. DRPS also received the Emergency Alert from Province of Ontario and we made direct contact with Durham Emergency Management to clarify the message. We are working with DEMO and @opg to receive further clarifi…

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