Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

August 28, 2007 17:25 ET

CNSC Receives Application for Potential Construction of New Reactors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2007) - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) received yesterday an application from Energy Alberta Corporation to prepare a site for the potential construction of new reactors on land adjacent to Lac Cardinal, near the town of Peace River, Alberta.

"Canada has created one of the world's most comprehensive and up-to-date frameworks for licensing nuclear activities, and we intend to use this oversight in an open, transparent and efficient manner. We wish to assure Canadians that any new nuclear power plant built in our country will meet the highest standards for health, safety, security and environmental protection", said Linda J. Keen, President and CEO of the CNSC.

There are meaningful opportunities for public participation through the environmental assessment (EA) and the licensing processes of a new nuclear reactor. The CNSC has extensive experience with EAs, the first step of this regulatory process, and works closely with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and other federal and provincial agencies to ensure an effective and efficient EA process that follows the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA).

For further information, please refer to the Licensing Process for New Nuclear Power Plants in Canada which can be viewed on the CNSC's website at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca.

The CNSC's mission is to regulate 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
    Media and Community Relations
    613-996-6860
    1-800-668-5284
    www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca