Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

July 27, 2005 11:04 ET

CNSC: Notice of Public hearing

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 27, 2005) - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a one-day public hearing to consider an application by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Mississauga, Ontario, to extend the operation of AECL's National Research Universal (NRU) reactor for a period of seven months beyond its currently scheduled shutdown on December 31, 2005. The NRU reactor is situated at AECL's Chalk River Laboratories, in Chalk River, Ontario.

One-Day Hearing: - October 19, 2005
Place: - CNSC Public Hearing Room, 14th Floor,
280 Slater Street,
Ottawa, Ontario

Public hearings follow the agenda published prior to the hearing date.

The extension would authorize the NRU reactor to operate until July 31, 2006. This seven month extension would allow for further study into the feasibility of a longer term extension of the operation of the NRU reactor. An application for a longer term extension would be the subject of a separate hearing.

Prior to rendering a decision on the proposed extension of the NRU reactor operation, the Commission will consider the results of an Environmental Assessment Screening (EA Screening) on the future operations of the reactor, conducted pursuant to the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. A separate public hearing on the EA Screening will be held on June 29, 2005, as described in the Notice of Public Hearing Ref. 2005-H-6. The Commission will render a decision on the licence amendment application only if, following the above-noted public hearing on the EA Screening, the Commission concludes that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, taking into account the appropriate mitigation measures.

Submissions from CNSC staff and AECL for the Commission's hearing on the licence amendment application will be available August 19, 2005. The public is invited to comment on the application either by oral presentation or written submission. Requests to participate (interventions) and text of oral presentations or written submissions must be filed with the Secretary of the Commission by September 19, 2005 at the address below.

Agendas and information on the hearing process are available at the CNSC Web site: Hearing documents (submissions) are not available on-line and must be requested through the Secretariat at the address below:

c/o Louise Levert
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Tel.: (613) 996-9063
280 Slater St., P.O. Box 1046 or 1-800-668-5284
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5S9 Fax: (613) 995-5086

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