Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

June 26, 2008 15:59 ET

CNSC Announces Decision to Issue an Operating Licence to SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - Following a 2-day public hearing held on April 3 and June 12, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to issue a two-year operating licence to SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc. (SRBT). The licence will permit SRBT to resume its processing operations at its Class IB facility located in Pembroke, Ontario.

During the public hearing, the Commission considered written submissions and oral presentations from SRBT, CNSC staff and intervenors. The Commission concludes that SRBT is qualified to carry on the activity that an operating licence will authorize 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.

The Commission expresses the view that, although it is satisfied with the important improvements that SRBT has implemented to address past deficiencies, enhanced CNSC regulatory oversight is still required for the length of the licence period.

SRBT was not authorized to process tritium at its facility since February 1, 2007 when the Commission decided that, following a public hearing held in 2006, SRBT would not make adequate provision for the protection of the environment when processing tritium. The Commission is now of the opinion that SRBT has made major improvements to both its understanding of its responsibilities under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and associated regulations and to its qualifications and performance in the area of environmental protection.

The Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision, is available upon request to the Commission Secretariat. It will be available, in both official languages, on the CNSC web site at a later date. Transcripts of the hearing are available on the CNSC Web site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca, 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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