Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

December 22, 2010 17:01 ET

CNSC Announces Decision to Renew the Nuclear Fuel Facility Operating Licence for the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Incorporated

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2010) - Following a two day public hearing, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to renew the Nuclear Fuel Facility Operating Licence for the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Incorporated (GEH-C) facilities in Toronto and Peterborough for a period of 10 years. The Commission has decided to issue a single licence for both facilities. The licence will be valid from January 1, 2011 until December 31, 2020.

The Commission, in making its decision, considered information presented for a public hearing held on September 30, 2010 and on December 9, 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario. During the public hearing, the Commission received and considered CNSC staff recommendations and the submissions from GEH-C and 48 intervenors.

The Commission is satisfied that the licensee meets the requirements of section 24 of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act. The Commission concludes that GEH-C is qualified to carry out the activities that will be permitted under the renewed licence 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.

With this decision, the Commission requires that a mid-term status report on the safety performance of the GEH-C facilities and annual compliance reports be presented at public proceedings of the Commission approximately in January 2016. The Commission specifies that the issued licence does not authorize activities related to low enriched uranium or possession of the same.

A Summary Record of Proceedings is available upon request to the Secretariat of the CNSC. Transcripts of the hearing are available on the CNSC Web site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca, or by contacting the CNSC. The webcast of the hearing is also archived on the same site for a period of 90 days. The complete Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision will be available, in both official languages, on the CNSC web site at a later date.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; and to respect Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

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