Residents in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood are concerned about a nuclear plant in their midst, nearly 50 years after the facility was built.

The General Electric- Hitachi plant has been producing uranium pellets near Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street since 1965.

The pellets produced at the plant are shipped to a Peterborough plant, where they’re used to make fuel bundles.

However, many residents were unaware of its nuclear activities until a visiting activist told them what went on behind the plant’s chain-link fence, according to reports in the Toronto Star and NOW Magazine.

Zach Ruiter, a U.S.-based activist who had previously campaigned against the Peterborough GE facility, went door-to-door in the neighbourhood to raise awareness about the nuclear facility.

According the Star and Now, he found many people were unaware of the plant’s nuclear activities.   

GE spokesperson Kim Warburton told CityNews.ca that there is a sign on the outside of the plant that reads GE-Hitachi, which is the company’s nuclear division.

Warburton also pointed to the GE website, were there’s a statement about the Lansdowne plant: “GE Hitachi Canada (GEH-C) manufactures uranium fuel pellets at its Toronto facility at 1025 Lansdowne Avenue.”

“In all the years the facility has been there, there’s never been a safety issue,” Warburton said.

“Nobody’s ever been hurt. It’s a manufacturing plant. What we do there is very safe.”

Residents are now planning to hold a community meeting about the plant on Nov. 15.

Coun. Gord Perks, MP Andrew Cash, and MPP Jonah Schein are committed to attending, according to a post on the group’s Facebook page.