Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

April 30, 2008 14:00 ET

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Announces Regulatory Amendments

Changes to Class II Nuclear Facilities and Prescribed Equipment Regulations and Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Regulations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission announced today new regulatory amendments, to be published in the Canada Gazette Part II, on April 30, 2008. The amendments, which will come into force immediately, affect the Class II Nuclear Facilities and Prescribed Equipment Regulations and the Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Regulations, which concern the use of nuclear substances and radiation devices in medicine, research and industry. These include high-energy particle accelerators, irradiators, teletherapy machines and brachytherapy machines, and any nuclear substances or devices containing nuclear substances where activity exceeds a certain amount.

The adopted changes are designed to correct a number of regulatory deficiencies that have come to light since the original regulations came into force, on May 31, 2000. They also correct a number of inconsistencies, while adding extra protection provisions for workers, the public and the environment, and adopt the latest international standards in respect to exemption values and clearance levels. The adoption of international standards is in line with the principles outlined in the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation.

With the coming into force of these amendments, Canada will become one of the first International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Member States to adopt international standards to remove nuclear substances from regulatory controls. The amended regulations will provide Canadians with the same standards as those used worldwide, and offer the Canadian public an additional safety layer in the form of improved safety practices.

More detailed information on the amendments can be found at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca and at http://canadagazetteducanada.gc.ca/partII/2008/20080430/html/sor119-e.html.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission 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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