Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

August 19, 2009 13:53 ET

CNSC Announces its Decision on the Screening Environmental Assessment for the Port Granby Proposed Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Project in Clarington, Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2009) - Following a hearing held on August 17, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision that the Low- Level Radioactive Waste Management Office's (LLRMWO) proposed project to construct and operate the Port Granby long-term low-level radioactive waste management facility in the municipality of Clarington is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, taking into account mitigation measures identified in the Environmental Assessment Screening Report.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is the lead Responsible Authority for the purpose of this environmental assessment. The CNSC is also a Responsible Authority. More information is available on the NRCan Web site (http://www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/com/index-eng.php).

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.

During the hearing, the Commission considered the Environmental Assessment Screening Report, CNSC staff's recommendations and the Municipality of Clarington's intervention.

The Commission can therefore proceed, under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, with its consideration of a licence application from the LLRWMO for the proposed project.

The Commission's decision on this matter will be made available to the public on the CNSC Web site www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca, or by contacting the CNSC.

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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