Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

January 31, 2007 16:15 ET

CNSC Announces Decision to Issue a Possession Licence to SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2007) - Following a 2-day public hearing held on October 25 and November 27, 2006, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to issue an 18-month Nuclear Substance Processing Facility Possession Licence to SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc. (SRBT). The licence will permit the general possession, transfer, management, storage and disposal of nuclear substances that are part of the Class IB facility located in Pembroke, Ontario. The licence will not permit SRBT to process or use tritium for the purpose of manufacturing gaseous tritium light sources.

SRBT had applied for the renewal of its Nuclear Substance Processing Facility Operating Licence. The Commission decided not to renew the operating licence based on its opinion that SRBT will not make adequate provision for the protection of the environment when carrying out activities that include the processing of tritium. However, the Commission is of the opinion that the tritium releases resulting from the operation of the facility have not posed a health and safety risk to the public. The possession licence will provide regulatory control of the facility and ensure no unreasonable risk to the environment.

During the public hearing, the Commission considered written submissions and oral presentations from SRBT, CNSC staff and intervenors. The Commission concluded that SRBT is qualified to carry on the activity that a possession licence will authorize and that it will make adequate provision for the protection of the environment, the health and safety of persons, and the maintenance of national security and measures required to implement international obligations to which Canada has agreed.

The Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision is available upon request to the Commission Secretariat. Transcripts of the hearing are available on the CNSC Web site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca, or by contacting the CNSC.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment and to respect Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

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