Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

December 21, 2006 13:03 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Environmental Assessment Track Report Regarding Ontario Power Generation Inc.'s Proposal to Construct and Operate a Deep Geologic Repository

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 21, 2006) - Following a public hearing held on October 23, 2006, in Kincardine, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to recommend to the federal Minister of the Environment that Ontario Power Generation Inc.'s (OPG) proposed project to construct and operate a deep geologic repository within the Bruce Nuclear Site in Kincardine, Ontario, be referred to a review panel. The Minister of the Environment must now decide on this recommendation. An environmental assessment (EA) is required pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA).

In carrying out its responsibilities under the CEAA, the Commission also decided to approve the Scoping Document (EA Guidelines), modified to require the establishment of a baseline for monitoring environmental effects resulting from this project.

The Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision, refers to a number of factors that led to the Commission's recommendation to the Minister of the Environment, including uncertainties as to the nature of the wastes to be managed and the proposed site, as well as the first of kind nature of a deep geologic repository project in Canada. The Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision, is available on the CNSC Web site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca, or by contacting the CNSC.

During the public hearing, the Commission considered written submissions and oral presentations from CNSC staff, OPG and 57 intervenors.

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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