Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

April 25, 2007 14:24 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Licence Amendment for Hydro-Quebec's Radioactive Waste Management Facility

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 25, 2007) - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to amend the operating licence for Hydro-Quebec's Gentilly Radioactive Waste Management Facility located in Becancour, Quebec. This decision was made following a one-day public hearing held on March 7, 2007 in Ottawa, Ontario. The amended licence authorizes Hydro-Quebec to construct and operate additional interim storage structures at the facility.

During the public hearing, the Commission considered written submissions and oral presentations from Hydro-Quebec and CNSC staff. There were no interventions. The Commission concluded that Hydro-Quebec 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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