Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

September 30, 2005 16:45 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Renewal of Operating Licence for MDS Nordion's Nuclear Facility

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - Following a 2-day public hearing held on June 30 and August 18, 2005, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to renew the Nuclear Substance Processing Facility Operating Licence for MDS Nordion's nuclear facility located in Ottawa, Ontario for a period of ten years.

In making its decision, the Commission requested that CNSC staff present two interim status reports to the Commission on the performance of the facility during the term of the licence. The status reports are to be presented at public proceedings of the Commission.

During the public hearing, the Commission considered written submissions and oral presentations from MDS Nordion, CNSC staff and intervenors. The Commission concluded that MDS Nordion is qualified to operate the facility 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.

A Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision and transcripts of the hearing are available on the CNSC web-site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca, 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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