Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

December 21, 2011 16:50 ET

CNSC Invites Public Comment on the CNSC Staff Action Plan on the CNSC Fukushima Task Force Recommendations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2011) - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has released for public comment the draft CNSC Staff Action Plan on the CNSC Fukushima Task Force Recommendations.

The draft Action Plan sets out the strategy and timeline for stakeholders to develop their implementation plans to address the recommendations put forth in the CNSC Fukushima Task Force Report, released for public comment on October 28, 2011. While concluding that Canadian nuclear power plants are safe, the Task Force report made recommendations to further enhance the safety of the facilities.

The draft Action Plan describes specific actions to be implemented by CNSC staff, licensees and affected federal and provincial authorities to strengthen the defence in depth, emergency preparedness and the regulatory oversight of nuclear power plants in Canada. It takes into consideration and dispositions comments received on the first round of consultation on the Task Force report documents.

In addition, the draft Action Plan includes preliminary conclusions made by the International Atomic Energy Agency Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission. This international team of experts was in Ottawa from November 28 to December 9, 2011 for a follow-up meeting, which included an assessment of the CNSC's response to the Fukushima nuclear event. The IRRS commended the CNSC for having an "effective and pragmatic framework" in place to continue follow-up to the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The public and stakeholders are invited to provide written comments on the Action Plan by February 3, 2012. Comments should be submitted by email to

The revised Action Plan will be presented to the Commission at a public meeting in Spring 2012. Written interventions will be invited for this proceeding.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; and to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Related links:

- CNSC Staff Action Plan on the CNSC Fukushima Task Force Recommendations (PDF)

- CNSC Fukushima Task Force Report (PDF)

- CNSC Management Response to CNSC Fukushima Task Force Recommendations (PDF)

- Task Force news release (April 20, 2011)

- Task Force criteria

- Terms of Reference for CNSC Task Force (PDF)

- Fact Sheet - Fukushima Nuclear Incident: Lessons Learned

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