Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

March 15, 2007 16:22 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Screening Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Modification to the Operation of Cameco's Blind River Refinery in Blind River, Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2007) - Following a hearing held on December 7, 2006, in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its conclusion that Cameco's proposed modification to the operation of the Blind River Refinery, taking into account the identified mitigation measures, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The proposal involves an upgrade to the existing incinerator at the Blind River Refinery to burn radioactively contaminated, combustible by-products generated from Cameco's Blind River and Port Hope facilities. Cameco also proposes to install an oil injection system to allow for the incineration of contaminated uranium-bearing waste oil.

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 Cameco 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
    1-800-668-5284