Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

March 15, 2007 16:08 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Screening Environmental Assessment for...

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited's (AECL) Proposal to Decommission the Fuel Storage and Handling Bays at the Chalk River Laboratories

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2007) - Following a hearing on October 25, 2006, in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its conclusion that AECL's proposal to decommission the fuel storage bays at the Chalk River Laboratories, taking into account identified mitigation measures, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The project involves the demolition of buildings and remediation of the site where the bays are located.

The Commission's decision was based on its consideration of a screening environmental assessment of the project that was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Further, with respect to the CEAA, the Commission decided not to refer the project to the federal Minister of the Environment for referral to a review panel or mediator.

The Commission therefore will proceed, under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, with its consideration of a licence amendment application from AECL for the proposed project.

The Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision will be published within the next 2 weeks.

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.

Contact Information

  • CNSC
    Pascale Bourassa
    Commission Secretariat
    613-947-0247 or 1-800-668-5284