Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

November 30, 2006 12:36 ET

CNSC Announces Interim Decision to Extend SRB Technologies "Canada" Inc.'s Current Operating Licence for a Two-Month Period

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) - Following a two-day public hearing held on October 25 and November 27, 2006, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its interim decision to extend SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc.'s (SRBT) current operating licence until January 31, 2007.

Following the proceedings, the Commission determined that additional time was needed to complete its deliberations before it could make a final decision on SRBT's application. As the current operating licence expires on November 30, 2006, the Commission has decided to extend the licence for two months to ensure continued regulatory oversight of the facility. The operating restrictions contained in the Designated Officer Order issued on August 15, as amended by the Commission on August 30, 2006, will also continue to be in effect.

The Commission heard from CNSC staff, SRBT and an intervenor on Day One. On Day Two the Commission heard from 93 intervenors and received supplementary information from CNSC staff and SRBT. The Commission is now continuing its consideration of this matter. The Commission is of the opinion that the continued operation of the facility, under operating restrictions, will not pose an unreasonable risk to the environment, persons or security during the extended licence period.

Transcripts of the Day Two hearing should be available next week on this Web site at, or by contacting the CNSC. At the conclusion of the Commission's deliberations and following a final decision, a Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision will be published on the CNSC Web site.

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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