Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

March 30, 2007 10:58 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Renewal of Operating Licence for TRIUMF Accelerators Inc.'s Facility Located in Vancouver, British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2007) - Following a two-day public hearing, held on December 13, 2006 and March 7, 2007, in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to renew the Particle Accelerator Operating Licence for TRIUMF Accelerators Inc.'s facility located on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia. The licence is valid for a five-year period, until March 31, 2012.

In making its decision, the Commission requested that CNSC staff present a status report to the Commission 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 TRIUMF Accelerators Inc., CNSC staff and five intervenors. The Commission concluded that TRIUMF Accelerators Inc. 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 Summary Record of Proceedings and Decision is available by contacting the CNSC. A complete Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision will be published at a later date. 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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