Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

June 06, 2005 15:00 ET

CNSC Announces Proposed Amendments to Nuclear Security Regulations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2005) - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Canada's nuclear regulator, today announced that proposed amendments to the Nuclear Security Regulations have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part I. Interested parties are encouraged to comment on the proposed amended regulations by August 3, 2005.

Proposed amendments to the Nuclear Security Regulations were first published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on October 25, 2003. The comments received resulted in extensive changes and consequently the amendments have been republished in the Canada Gazette, Part I.

Immediately after the events of September 11, 2001, the CNSC issued orders requiring licensees to implement specific physical protection measures to strengthen security at their facilities. Following discussions and consultations with affected licensees, the CNSC is proposing a number of regulatory amendments which will permanently place into regulations the requirements currently in the orders.

"Effective regulation of the nuclear industry is necessary to protect Canadians," said CNSC President and CEO Linda J. Keen. "The proposed amendments strengthen security at nuclear facilities and align Canada with international nuclear security recommendations and practices."

More detailed information on the proposed amendments can be found at http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/regulatory_information/regulations/NSR_home.cfm and at http://www.canadagazetteducanada.gc.ca/partI/2005/20050604/pdf/g1-13923.pdf (page 38).

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission 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.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
    Aurele Gervais
    Senior Advisor, Media & Community Relations
    (613) 996-6860
    gervaisa@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca