Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

October 30, 2006 15:08 ET

CNSC Emphasizes Commitment to International Standards and Nuclear Security

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 30, 2006) - President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Linda J. Keen met today with CEO's of major licensees to provide an overview of the CNSC's commitment to international standards in view of current industry growth and to review current security requirements and issues. As the Canadian nuclear industry announces plans for expansion, the CNSC is committed to actively regulating this sector.

Ms. Keen outlined the strategic direction being taken by the CNSC in moving towards an internationally benchmarked regulatory framework. She also emphasized that the CNSC approach for new nuclear facilities is "...clearly committed to moving towards adopting and/or adapting international standards, particularly those of the International Atomic Energy Agency, for assessing future nuclear facilities in Canada."

The President and CEO reiterated that the future for regulation of new nuclear reactors in Canada will be based upon expanded use and alignment with international standards. "This will be a technology neutral approach," said Ms. Keen, "to ensure Canadians are assured of high standards for health, safety and the protection of the environment."

In the area of security, nuclear facilities have put measures in place that are in line with international standards. The new measures involve such areas as: having an on-site armed response force, implementing enhanced security screenings of employees and contractors, establishing systems to protect against forced vehicle penetration and improving physical identification checks of personnel.

The coming into force of amendments to the Nuclear Security Regulations on November 27th of this year will solidify Canada's implementation of strengthened nuclear security measures in Canada. "These security measures are in line with international standards and are an essential part of the Canadian nuclear regulatory regime." said Ms. Keen. "They compliment our long standing efforts in safety, health, environmental protection, and the control of nuclear material."

In September 2005, the IAEA also drew the conclusion that all Canadian nuclear material remains in peaceful activities. The security and safeguard efforts of the CNSC provide assurance to both Canadians and the international community of our commitment to the safe and secure use of nuclear materials and to the implementation of the Government of Canada's nuclear non-proliferation commitments.

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.

Links to related documents:

Licensing Process for New Nuclear Power Plants in Canada

http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/regulatory_information/other/licensing_process.cfm

News releases for New Build Applications

http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/media/news/news_release.cfm?news_release_id equals 244

http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/media/news/news_release.cfm?news_release_id equals 247

Modern Nuclear Regulation & Responding to Industry Growth: Notes for an address to the Canadian Nuclear Association

http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/media/speeches/2006_02_23.cfm

Nuclear Security Regulations

http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/media/news/news_release.cfm?news_release_id equals 246

IAEA Broader Safeguards Conclusion

http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/media/news/news_release.cfm?news_release_id equals 126

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    Media and Community Relations
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