Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

March 23, 2007 08:51 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Licence Amendment for Cameco Corporation's Key Lake Facility Operating Licence

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2007) - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to amend the operating licence for Cameco Corporation's uranium mill facility located in Key Lake, Saskatchewan. This decision was made following a one-day public hearing held on January 25, 2007 in Ottawa, Ontario. The amendment includes the addition of a licence condition requiring Cameco Corporation to implement a three-phase action plan for the control and reduction of the selenium and molybdenum releases to the environment.

In making its decision, the Commission requested that CNSC staff present a status report to the Commission on the performance of the facility regarding the reduction of molybdenum and selenium discharge. The report, to be presented at a proceeding of the Commission, will include information related to Phases I and II of the action plan.

The Commission also decided that Cameco Corporation shall seek the approval of the Commission or a person authorized by the Commission to implement Phase III of the action plan.

During the public hearing, the Commission considered written submissions and oral presentations from Cameco Corporation, CNSC staff and five intervenors. The Commission concluded that Cameco Corporation is qualified to carry on the activities that the amended 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, 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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