Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

March 09, 2007 15:15 ET

CNSC Announces Decision on Screening Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Replacement of Rio Algom Limited's Stanleigh Effluent Treatment Plant Near Elliot Lake, Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 9, 2007) - Following a hearing held on March 7, 2007 in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its conclusion that Rio Algom Limited's proposed project to replace its existing effluent treatment plant at the decommissioned Stanleigh Mine 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 from Rio Algom Limited for the proposed project.

During the public hearing on the environmental assessment screening, the Commission considered the Environmental Assessment Screening Report and a written submission and oral presentation from CNSC staff. Rio Algom Limited was also available to answer questions.

Transcripts of the hearing will be available next week on the CNSC Web site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca. When completed, the Record of Proceedings, including the Reasons for Decision, will be publicly available on the CNSC Web site, 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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