Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

December 22, 2006 13:17 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Screening Environmental Assessment for Hydro-Quebec's Proposed Modifications... the Gentilly Radioactive Waste Management Facilities and Refurbishment of the Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 22, 2006) - Following a public hearing held on November 7 and 8, 2006, in Becancour, Quebec, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its conclusion that Hydro-Quebec's proposed project for modifications to the Gentilly Radioactive Waste Management Facilities and the refurbishment for continued operation of the Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station into 2035, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, taking into account mitigation measures identified in the Environmental Assessment Screening Report.

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 can proceed, under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, with its consideration of a licence application and request for approvals from Hydro-Quebec for the proposed project.

During the public hearing on the environmental assessment screening, the Commission considered the Environmental Assessment Screening Report and written submissions and oral presentations from Hydro-Quebec, CNSC staff and 49 intervenors.

The Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision is available by contacting the CNSC. An English version will be published at a later date. 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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