Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

February 26, 2007 15:46 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Renewal of Operating Licence for Cameco Corporation's Uranium Refinery in Blind River, Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 26, 2007) - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to renew the Nuclear Fuel Facility Operating Licence for Cameco Corporation's facility located in Blind River, Ontario. This decision was made following a 2-day public hearing held on October 5 and December 13, 2006, in Ottawa, Ontario. The operating licence will come into effect on March 1, 2007 and will be valid for a five-year period.

The Commission requests that CNSC staff present to the Commission a status report on the performance of the facility during the first half of the licence term. The status report will be presented at a public proceeding of the Commission.

During the public hearing, the Commission considered written submissions and oral presentations from Cameco Corporation, CNSC staff and 16 intervenors. The Commission concluded that Cameco Corporation is qualified to carry on the activities that the 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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