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General

CNSC invites comment on draft Regulatory Document 'Safeguards and Nuclear Material Accountancy'

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CNSC asks licensees to improve reporting of unplanned events

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CNSC invites comment on draft standard "Establishing and implementing action levels to control releases to the environment from nuclear facilities"

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Groups want governments to better track radioactive substances in Great Lakes

Hundred groups such as Greenpeace, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, the Council of Canadians and Sierra Club have signed an open letter send to the US and Canadian governments for better tracking of radioactive substances in Great Lakes.
The groups claim in the open letter that the radioactive substances should be labelled as 'chemicals of mutual concern' - a recognition that will mean that the radionuclides are potentially harmful to human health or the environment. The classification of these materials as 'chemicals of mutual concern' will therefore require the governments to develop, design and implement strategy for dealing with them with a view to keeping them out of the Great Lakes. (Dispatch-Tribunal March 4, 2016)

CNSC invites comment on 2012 Report on Uranium Fuel Cycle and Processing Facilities - if you manage to get hold of it

CNSC invites public comment on the CNSC Staff Report on the Performance of Canadian Uranium Fuel Cycle and Processing Facilities: 2012. You have until November 15, 2013, to do so. The Commission will hold a public meeting on December 10-11, 2013, to discuss the report's findings.
If you thought that such an inivitation implies that the report in question is available online, then you are wrong. Conforming to CNSC's sophisticated public outreach policy, the report is rather held back, while only last year's report is available.
> View Report on the Performance of Canadian Uranium Fuel Cycle and Processing Facilities

Canada amends list of activities that warrant preparation of environmental assessments

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CNSC invites comment on proposal to amend Canada's Radiation Protection Regulations

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CNSC introduces 24 month timeline to "streamline" review process for nuclear facility and uranium mine and mill applications

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CNSC invites comment on Discussion Paper DIS-12-04, Regulated Timelines: Proposed Amendments to the Class I Nuclear Facilities Regulations and the Uranium Mines and Mills Regulations

The comment period ends on August 10, 2012.
> View here

CNSC publishes regulatory document and guidance on nuclear criticality safety

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has published regulatory document RD-327, Nuclear Criticality Safety , and guidance document GD-327, Guidance for Nuclear Criticality Safety .
> View CNSC release Dec. 20, 2010

A second consultation period is now open for stakeholders to provide feedback on the comments received about draft RD-327 and draft GD-327.
The comment period ends on May 19, 2010.
> View CNSC release Apr. 19, 2010

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has released for public consultation, draft regulatory document RD-327 Nuclear Criticality Safety and draft guidance document GD-327 Guidance for Nuclear Criticality Safety. These draft documents are the first to be released for consultation under the CNSC's updated regulatory framework.
The comment period ends on March 23, 2010.
> View CNSC release Dec. 23, 2009

Majority against upgrading of uranium in Saskatchewan

"The majority of participants in the consultation process who spoke to the upgrading of uranium are largely opposed to any upgrading, including enrichment, fuel fabrication, and all forms of upgrading. Their responses emphasized that their opposition was due to concerns surrounding environmental consequences, the potential for nuclear proliferation, and economic challenges associated with upgrading."

> Download report Future of Uranium, Public Consultation Process, Aug. 31, 2009 (6MB PDF)

Saskatchewan creates nuclear advisory group

A new, 12-person group has been created to advise the provincial government on the development of the nuclear industry in Saskatchewan. The Uranium Development Partnership includes leaders of companies with vested interests in Saskatchewan's uranium, including Jerry Grandey, the president and CEO of Cameco Corp.; Armand Laferrere, president and CEO of Areva Canada; and Duncan Hawthorne, president and CEO of Bruce Power Inc. which is currently conducting its own feasibility study into building a nuclear power plant in the province. The group also includes representatives from the First Nations community and urban and rural municipalities as well as nuclear physicists and environmentally-minded nuclear researchers *). The Uranium Development Partnership will receive up to $3 million in funding from the Crown Investments Corporation. The team will provide a final report to the government, including recommendations on value-added opportunities best suited to the development of Saskatchewan's uranium industry, by March 31, 2009. (Saskatoon Star Phoenix 20 Oct 2008)
*) Note: the only group member meant to fit in this latter category is pro-nuclear activist Dr Patrick Moore.


Air transport of plutonium in MOX fuel from Russia to Canada

Air transport of MOX approved

On Sep 21, 2000, Transport Canada approved the air transport of MOX fuel samples from Russia to Canada.
> view Transport Canada website

Emergency response assistance plan (ERAP) open for public comment

Transport Canada has received, from the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) , an application for approval of an emergency response assistance plan (ERAP) covering the importation into Canada by air from Russia of approximately 15 kg of MOX fuel containing 528 grams of weapons-derived plutonium dioxide.
AECL is planning to transport the Russian fuel to Canada by chartered aircraft from Russia, transiting via a military airport in either Trenton Ontario or Bagotville Quebec en-route to the Chalk River Laboratories site in Chalk River, Ontario. The MOX fuel is planned to be transported from the military airport directly to Chalk River by helicopter.
Transport Canada will accept comments on the proposed emergency response assistance plan until August 25, 2000.
The ERAP is available for download at the Transport Canada website

 


BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada (BWXT) Toronto nuclear fuel facility (Ontario)

(formerly GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.)

CNSC releases Independent Environmental Monitoring Program (IEMP) results for BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada (BWXT) Toronto nuclear fuel facility

"The IEMP results from both 2014 and 2016 indicate that the public and the environment around the BWXT site are safe and that there are no health impacts."
> View CNSC release Jan. 27, 2017

 

Proposed license transfer for Toronto and Peterborough nuclear fuel facilities from GE-Hitachi to BWXT

CNSC approves license transfer for Toronto and Peterborough nuclear fuel facilities from GE-Hitachi to BWXT:
> Download: Record of Decision , Dec. 9, 2016 (PDF)

CNSC to hold un-hearing on proposed license transfer for Toronto and Peterborough nuclear fuel facilities from GE-Hitachi to BWXT: The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a hearing in December 2016 to consider an application from GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. (GEH-C) to transfer its Fuel Facility Operating Licence to BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. The Commission will also consider the proposed new financial guarantee from GEH-C and its request to change the description of its Peterborough facility.
The current licence authorizes GEH-C to operate two fuel facilities: one in Toronto, ON and the other in Peterborough, ON. The Toronto facility manufactures uranium dioxide fuel pellets for use in fuel bundles. The facility in Peterborough manufactures fuel bundles for use at the Pickering and Darlington Nuclear Generating Stations. The Peterborough site also operates a fuel services business involved in the manufacture and maintenance of nuclear power plant equipment.
The Commission has determined that a hearing without interventions is appropriate to consider this application. The requested changes are administrative in nature and do not raise matters related to the protection of health, safety, security or the environment. The Commission will consider written submissions from GEH-C and CNSC staff. [emphasis added]
> Download: CNSC Notice of Hearing , Dec. 8, 2016 (PDF)

 

No health risks associated with uranium in soil at GE-Hitachi Toronto nuclear fuel facility, CNSC report

On Oct. 24, 2013, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) released its soil sampling results which concludes that there are no health risks associated with uranium in soil as a result of the operations of the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.'s Toronto facility.
The GEH-C facility has been producing uranium dioxide (UO2) pellets for use in nuclear power plants since 1955.
> Download Uranium Levels in Soil Samples Around GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Inc. Toronto Facility , Oct. 2013 (2.4MB PDF)

Ontario Environment ministry finds 'no evidence' of soil contamination near GE-Hitachi Toronto nuclear fuel facility

The province has found "no evidence" of soil contamination near the GE-Hitachi uranium processing plant on Lansdowne Ave., says a report based on tests conducted in the face of public pressure this June. The study turned up no traces of uranium "above typical background levels" that exist naturally in Ontario soil. "Based on this, we've concluded that there would be no risk to the community," said Barbara Lachapelle of the Toronto Public Health Environmental Response Team, who reviewed the results.
Released Friday (Oct. 11), the report outlines the Ontario Environment Ministry's analysis of 176 dirt samples from 24 sites around the facility. It was prepared at the behest of Toronto's chief medical officer of health, Dr. David McKeown, as anti-nuclear activists and residents of the area near Lansdowne Ave. and Dupont St. raised concerns about the facility's location.
The province's sample results, which showed uranium levels no higher than 1.83 parts per million (ppm), were all lower than the 1.9 to 2.1 ppm Lachapelle said you would typically find in soil anywhere in Ontario. "Those are the concentrations that we're being exposed to just from natural uranium in the environment," she said. "Those are the levels that, anywhere we would go, we would encounter. We don't see disease patterns resulting from that." The Canada-wide threshold that triggers concern for health officials - which Lachapelle called "conservative" - is 23 ppm, or 23 millionths of a gram of uranium. (Toronto Star Oct. 11, 2013)
> Download: Technical Memorandum, Soil Survey in the Vicinity of GE-Hitachi, Toronto, Ontario, 2013 , Ontario Ministry of the Environment (829k PDF)

Independent soil testing to be performed at GE-Hitachi Toronto nuclear fuel facility

The provincial environment ministry says it will test soil samples around the GE Hitachi uranium processing plant in Toronto's west end, bowing to months of public pressure. The city's public health department has reviewed air and soil tests from the GE Hitachi plant for at least six years and has never found a problem. But the company takes its own samples and sends them to a lab for analysis. Residents around the Lansdowne factory want the ministry to verify those test results.
Barbara Lachapelle, a Toronto environmental health officer who has reviewed the GE Hitachi data, says uranium levels are well below accepted standards. Samples from the community in 2011 showed uranium at 2.3 to 2.5 parts per million, a level that can normally occur in soil throughout Ontario, says Lachapelle. The accepted standard in soil around a residence or in a park is 23 parts per million. The highest levels, around 15 parts per million, were on GE Hitachi property, says Lachapelle, suggesting the uranium emitted by the plantís stack during processing doesn't go very far. (Torstar News Service June 2, 2013)

Protesters stop train over GE-Hitachi Toronto nuclear fuel plant

A group of anti-nuclear protesters affiliated with the Idle No More movement stopped a train in the Davenport area on Sunday (Feb. 3) after their demonstration against a nearby uranium facility migrated onto CP Rail tracks. The GE-Hitachi plant on Lansdowne St. near Dupont St. caused an uproar in November when the surrounding community learned the facility in their midst had been processing uranium dioxide powder into pellets since 1965. (Toronto Star Feb. 4, 2013)

Protesters call for closure of GE-Hitachi Toronto nuclear fuel plant

Following a march from the GE-Hitachi uranium plant at Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street, a capacity crowd of protesters filled the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre sanctuary. Facilitated by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance's Angela Bischoff, the Nov. 15 meeting brought together a host of speakers. Area politicians revealed they were shocked that a nuclear processing plant has been in their midsts for more than five decades. "Like many of you in our community, I was really surprised, shocked. I didn't know GE was here," Davenport MP Andrew Cash admitted to the crowd of about 100. (Bloor West Villager Nov. 16, 2012)

CNSC issues licence renewal for GE Hitachi Toronto and Peterborough nuclear fuel fabrication facilities; no permission for processing of low-enriched uranium

Following a two day public hearing, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on Dec. 22, 2010, its decision to renew the Nuclear Fuel Facility Operating Licence for the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Incorporated (GEH-C) facilities in Toronto and Peterborough for a period of 10 years. The Commission has decided to issue a single licence for both facilities.
The possession and processing of low enriched uranium, as approved in the January 2010 amendment to the Peterborough license, is not allowed under the renewed licence.

> Download Notice of Public Hearing July 7, 2010 (PDF)
> Download Revised Notice of Public Hearing July 26, 2010 (PDF)
> Download Revised Notice of Public Hearing Sep 16, 2010 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Sep. 30, 2010 (PDF)
> Download Revised Notice of Public Hearing Oct. 12, 2010 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Dec. 9, 2010 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Dec. 22, 2010
> Download Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision, Dec. 21, 2010 (PDF)

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. Toronto nuclear fuel facility - new license 2007

On June 28, 2007, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced its decision to issue to GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. (GE-Hitachi) a new Fuel Facility Operating Licence FFOL-3622.0/2010 for GE-Hitachi's facility located in Toronto, Ontario. The licence is valid from June 4, 2007 until December 31, 2010, unless suspended, amended, revoked or replaced. Concurrently, the Commission revoked Fuel Facility Operating Licence FFOL-3622.0/2010 for General Electric Canada Company Inc. (GE Canada)'s Toronto facility, pursuant to section 24 of the NSCA.
In its news release, CNSC says that the decision was taken "Following a public hearing held on May 16, 2007". However, in the Record of Decision, they concede that "... a standing panel on procedural matters determined that it was not necessary to hold a public hearing on the matter, and the hearing was conducted by a panel of one Commission member, based on written submissions."

> Download Notice of Public Hearing NEVER ISSUED
> Download Hearing Transcript May 16, 2007 (PDF) WITHHELD
> View CNSC release June 28, 2007
> Download Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision, May 16, 2007 (PDF)

GE Canada Inc. Toronto nuclear fuel facility license renewal 2005

On Dec. 30, 2005, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) after holding two public hearings (September 14, and December 1, 2005) approved applications by General Electric Canada, Toronto, Ontario for the renewal of the operating licences for two nuclear fuel fabrication facilities. The facilities are located in Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario.

> Download Notice of Public Hearing, June 10, 2005 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Sep. 14, 2005 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Dec. 1, 2005 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Dec. 30, 2005
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, Dec. 30, 2005 (PDF)

 


GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. Peterborough nuclear fuel facility (Ontario)

Aerial view: Google Maps

 

GE Peterborough nuclear fuel facility workers exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals, union report

A new report shows that workers at the GE plant in Peterborough, Ontario were exposed to more than 3,000 toxic chemicals, including at least 40 known or suspected human carcinogens.
"These GE workers have suffered horrific and often terminal diseases at a disproportionate rate, yet approximately half of the compensation claims filed have been rejected, abandoned or withdrawn due to what was deemed to be insufficient proof." said Joel Carr, Unifor National Representative. "This report provides much needed evidence to allow the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to reopen and support these claims." (Unifor May 18, 2017)
> View Unifor release May 18, 2017
> Download Advisory Committee report

Proposed license transfer for Toronto and Peterborough nuclear fuel facilities from GE-Hitachi to BWXT

> see here

CNSC issues licence renewal for GE Hitachi Toronto and Peterborough nuclear fuel fabrication facilities

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The possession and processing of low enriched uranium, as approved in the January 2010 license amendment, is not allowed under the renewed licence.

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. request to include in its current operating licence the maintenance and repair activities it carries out as a Class lB licensee

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a hearing on August 29, 2008 to consider an application by GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.'s (GEH-C) to amend its operating licence for its Class 1B facility located in Peterborough, Ontario.
The Commission has determined that a public hearing is not necessary to consider GEH-C's application in this case. The hearing will be conducted by way of written submissions.
> Download Notice of Hearing Aug. 29, 2008 (PDF)

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. proposal to add a Low Enriched Uranium Fuel Bundle Manufacturing Line at its Peterborough nuclear fuel facility

Following a one-day public hearing (January 13, 2010), the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on Feb. 12, 2010, its decision to approve the Environmental Assessment Screening Report (EASR) for the GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.'s Low Enriched Uranium (enrichment less than 5% U-235 by weight) Fuel Bundle Production Project. During that same hearing, the Commission also amended GE-Hitachi's Nuclear Fuel Facility Operating Licence to authorize such a production at its Peterborough facility in Ontario. The amended licence remains valid until December 31, 2010.
> Download CNSC Notice of Public Hearing Oct. 28, 2009 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Jan. 13, 2010 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Feb. 12, 2010
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, Jan. 13, 2010 (PDF)

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) invites public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) Screening Report for the proposed Low Enriched Uranium Fuel Bundle Production Project by the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada located in Peterborough, Ontario.
The public comment period ends on October 16, 2009.
> View CNSC Request for Public Comment, Sep. 14, 2009

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a one-day hearing to consider the Environmental Assessment (EA) Guidelines regarding GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.'s (GE-Hitachi) proposal to manufacture low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel bundles at its facility located in Peterborough, Ontario.
The Commission has decided that a public hearing is not necessary to consider the draft EA Guidelines.
> Download Notice of Hearing July 23, 2008 (PDF)

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has received notice of intent and a project description from GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada (GE-Hitachi) for a licence amendment to manufacture low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel bundles at its Peterborough facility. CNSC invites public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) Guidelines for the proposal.
Written comments should be submitted by February 22, 2008.
> View Request for Public Comment - Draft Environmental Assessment Guidelines, Jan. 25, 2008 (CNSC)

The GE-Hitachi Peterborough facility is currently licensed to produce fuel bundles consisting of natural uranium. GE-Hitachi proposes to manufacture LEU fuel bundles of enrichment of less than 5% U-235 by weight, using uranium dioxide pellets manufactured in North Carolina. The project includes the addition of new equipment to support an LEU manufacturing line, including a LEU pellet receipt area, a LEU fuel bundle production area, and a LEU fuel bundle storage area. An environmental assessment was started on June 6, 2007.
> View Project description (CNSC)

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. Peterborough nuclear fuel facility - new license 2007

On June 28, 2007, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced its decision to issue to GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. (GE-Hitachi) new Fuel Facility Operating Licences FFOL-3621.0/2010 for GE-Hitachi's facility located in Peterborough, Ontario. The licence is valid from June 4, 2007 until December 31, 2010, unless suspended, amended, revoked or replaced. Concurrently, the Commission revoked Fuel Facility Operating Licence FFOL-3621.0/2010 for General Electric Canada Company Inc. (GE Canada)'s Peterborough facility, pursuant to section 24 of the NSCA.
In its news release, CNSC says that the decision was taken "Following a public hearing held on May 16, 2007". However, in the Record of Decision, they concede that "... a standing panel on procedural matters determined that it was not necessary to hold a public hearing on the matter, and the hearing was conducted by a panel of one Commission member, based on written submissions."

> Download Notice of Public Hearing NEVER ISSUED
> Download Hearing Transcript May 16, 2007 (PDF) WITHHELD
> View CNSC release June 28, 2007
> Download Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision, May 16, 2007 (PDF)

GE Canada Inc. Peterborough nuclear fuel facility license renewal 2005

On Dec. 30, 2005, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) after holding two public hearings (September 14, and December 1, 2005) approved applications by General Electric Canada, Toronto, Ontario for the renewal of the operating licences for two nuclear fuel fabrication facilities. The facilities are located in Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario.

> Download Notice of Public Hearing, June 10, 2005 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Sep. 14, 2005 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Dec. 1, 2005 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Dec. 30, 2005
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, Dec. 30, 2005 (PDF)

GE Canada Inc. Peterborough nuclear fuel facility license renewal 2000

"NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS, July 26, 2000 Ref. 2000-H-3
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announces public hearings on licensing actions for the following nuclear facilities:
Two-day public hearings, to be held on October 5, 2000 and December 13, 2000 for: Hearings will be held in the CNSC Public Hearing Room, 14th floor, 280 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Presentations by applicants and CNSC staff on the above applications will be heard by the Commission on October 5. Written submissions from applicants and Commission staff are due by September 5, and will be available on request after that date.
Written submissions and presentations from intervenors will be considered on December 13. CNSC staff and applicant representatives will also be present. Requests to intervene before the Commission with respect to the GE Canada and SRB Technologies licensing applications are due by November 13. Requests from intervenors who prefer to appear before the Commission on October 5 must be received by September 5 [...]."

> Download full NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS (PDF)

 


Cameco Port Hope conversion plant (Ontario)

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Cameco Blind River uranium refinery (Ontario)

Aerial View: Google Maps

> View Blind River Environmental Incidents (Cameco)

 

Uranium ore concentrate transport from Montreal to Blind River involved in minor traffic accident (Ontario)

On Dec. 2, 2016, a transport truck carrying uranium concentrate from Montreal to Cameco's Blind River refinery was involved in a minor accident on the Trans-Canada Highway near West Nipissing, Ontario. There were no injuries and no damage to the truck or its load. (Cameco Jan. 13, 2017)

Uranium trioxide transport from Blind River to Port Hope involved in traffic accident (Ontario)

On April 17, 2016, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a tractor trailer transporting three tote bins of uranium trioxide (UO3) from the Blind River refinery to the Port Hope conversion facility was involved in a two-vehicle traffic accident on the TransCanada Highway (Highway 17) near Massey, Ontario. From initial reports, there appear to be no serious injuries to anyone involved in the accident. The robust tote bins performed as designed and the accident did not result in any release of uranium to the environment. (Cameco Apr. 17, 2016)

Tractor-trailer carrying Australian yellowcake to Blind River (Ontario) refinery rolls over on Saskatchewan highway, spilling part of its load

A stretch of highway in southwest Saskatchewan has been cordoned off until morning after a tractor-trailer carrying 63 drums of uranium concentrate bound for a refinery rolled, spilling a small part of its load.
The rollover happened around noon on Monday (Jan. 11) on Highway 4, about 10 kilometres north of Swift Current, Sask. Capt. Greg Campbell of the Swift Current fire department says there was a minor crack in the container carrying the yellowcake, which has a low level of radioactivity, but the spill is mostly contained. The uranium was produced by a company in Australia and was being shipped through the United States en route to Cameco's refinery in Blind River, Sask. [?!] (The Canadian Press, Jan. 11, 2016)

Goldman Sachs stored uranium ore concentrate at Cameco's Blind River Refinery

> View Goldman Sachs to wind down uranium trading business - after U.S. Senate report sheds some light on it, raising a number of issues

Contamination incident at Cameco's Blind River Refinery

On June 25, 2012,†CNSC staff received†a written notification from Cameco about an incident of†an indoor spill of uranium concentrate powder which resulted in†a worker†being†exposed to uranium dust at their Blind River Refinery on June 23, 2012. There were no release of uranium outside the facility or any exposure to the public. (CNSC June 29, 2012)
The incident occurred on June 23. When a worker loosened a ring clamp on a 55-gallon drum containing uranium oxide yellowcake the lid blew off, ejecting about 26 kilograms of the material into the air. The worker closest to the drum and two others in the area, who were not wearing respirators, were exposed to airborne uranium. The barrel had been shipped from Uranium One's Willow Creek Facility in Wyoming on May 29. Following this incident several other drums shipped to the Canadian facility containing yellowcake were found to be bulging from internal pressure.

On July 6, 2012, the CNSC announced that a request for information had been issued, under subsection 12(2) of the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations, to Cameco regarding a uranium contamination event. Recognizing the health and safety significance of this contamination event to workers at the Blind River Refinery, CNSC staff request Cameco to submit the following information:

On Sep. 13, 2012, CNSC ordered Cameco to not open any uranium concentrate drums received from Uranium One Inc. (Willow Creek Facility) with actual or suspected unsafe condition of being pressurized, until a safe work plan to depressurize them has been developed and accepted.

On Oct. 29, 2012, CNSC announced that the order has now been closed, since the work plan submitted by Cameco has been deemed acceptable.

> See also current issues Willow Creek (Wyoming)

CNSC issues license renewal and production increase for Blind River uranium refinery

Following a two-day public hearing (November 3, 2011, and January 18 and 19, 2012), the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on Feb. 29, 2012, its decision to renew for a period of ten years the Nuclear Fuel Facility Operating Licence for Cameco Corporation's facility located in Blind River, Ontario. The licence will be valid from March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2022.
> Download Notice of Public Hearing Aug. 24, 2011 (PDF)
> Download Relicensing Documents (Cameco)
> Download Public Hearing Transcript - Blind River Refinery: Nov. 3, 2011 · Jan. 19, 2012 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Feb. 29, 2012
> Download Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision (PDF)

CNSC to hold Un-Hearing on license amendment for incinerator at Cameco Blind River uranium refinery

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a hearing in June to consider Cameco Corporation's (Cameco) application to amend the Blind River Refinery Nuclear Fuel Facility Operating Licence. The fuel facility is located in Blind River, Ontario. Cameco is seeking acceptance from the Commission to increase the operational time of the incinerator from 12 to 24 hours per day for operational flexibility of the Blind River Fuel Facility.
The Commission has determined that a public hearing is not necessary to consider Cameco's request in this case. The hearing will be conducted by way of written submissions from CNSC staff and Cameco.
> Download Notice of Hearing June 7, 2011 (PDF)
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, June 9, 2011 (PDF)

CNSC holds hearing on amendmend to financial guarantee for Cameco Blind River uranium refinery

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) held a one-day public hearing (September 13, 2007) on the application by Cameco Corporation (Cameco) for acceptance of the proposed amendment to the value of its existing financial guarantee for its nuclear fuel facility located in Blind River, Ontario.

> Download Notice of Public Hearing, July 13, 2007 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Sep. 13, 2007 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Oct. 25, 2007
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision (PDF)

Upgrade of incinerator at Cameco Blind River uranium refinery

Following a hearing held on December 7, 2006, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) approved the results of an Environmental Assessment Screening (EA Screening) of Cameco Corporation's (Cameco) proposed project to modify the operation of the Blind River Refinery Incinerator located in Blind River, Ontario.
Cameco has notified the CNSC of its intention to request authorization to upgrade its Blind River Refinery Incinerator. The proposed upgrades would increase the capacity of the incinerator to handle contaminated combustible by-products from Cameco's operations in both Port Hope and Blind River. The proposed upgrades would also include the installation of pollution control equipment and on-line monitoring equipment as well as an oil injection system to allow for the incineration of contaminated uranium-bearing waste oil.
The Commission has determined that a public hearing in this case is not necessary to consider the results of the EA Screening. The hearing will be conducted by way of written submissions.
> Download Notice of Hearing, Nov. 27, 2006 (PDF)
> View CNSC release March 14, 2007
> Download Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision March 7, 2007 (PDF)

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), after holding a one-day hearing (April 12, 2007), approved the application by Cameco Corporation's (Cameco) Blind River Refinery for an amendment to its Class IB Nuclear Fuel Facility Operating Licence for its facility located in Blind River, Ontario.
Cameco has applied to amend its operating licence to include provisions for the incinerator's upgraded operation. The upgrades will increase the capacity of the incinerator to handle contaminated combustible by-products from Camecoís operations in both Port Hope and Blind River. The upgrades also include pollution control equipment and on-line monitoring equipment to enable the incinerator to handle the increased loading of material and meet future emission limits.
> Download Notice of Hearing, March 27, 2007 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Apr. 12, 2007 (PDF)
> View CNSC release April 13, 2007
> Download Summary Record of Proceedings and Decision, April 12, 2007 (PDF)
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, April 12, 2007 (PDF) · Errata (PDF)

"The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has received notice from Cameco Corporation (Cameco), seeking an amendment to an existing licence to upgrade the incinerator at the Blind River Refinery. The proposed upgrades would increase the capacity of the incinerator to handle contaminated combustible by-product from Cameco's Blind River and Port Hope operations. [...]"
A related environmental assessment was started on November 26, 2004.
> View CNSC release Dec. 21, 2004

 

CNSC issues license renewal for Cameco Blind River uranium refinery

On Feb. 26, 2007, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), after holding a two-day public hearing (October 5, 2006, and December 13, 2006) on the application by Cameco Corporation, issued the renewal of the operating licence for the Blind River Uranium Refining Facility, located in Blind River, Ontario.

> Download Hearing Notice July 31, 2006 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript, Oct. 5, 2006 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript, Dec. 13, 2006 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Feb. 26, 2007
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, Feb. 26, 2007 (PDF)

 

Production increase at Cameco's Blind River Refinery

CNSC announces un-hearing on EA Screening for proposed production increase at Blind River Refinery
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a "hearing" on September 22, 2008 to consider the results of an Environmental Assessment Screening (EA Screening) regarding Cameco Corporation's (Cameco) proposal to increase the annual licensed production capacity of the Blind River Refinery (the Refinery), located near Blind River, Ontario.
The Refinery processes natural uranium concentrates into natural uranium trioxide (UO3), and is currently licensed to operate for a maximum production of 18,000 tonnes of uranium as UO3 annually. Cameco has proposed to increase the Refinery's annual production capacity to 24,000 tonnes uranium as UO3. Cameco's proposal includes construction activities to modify the Refinery to achieve the increased production rate and the operation of the Refinery under the proposed production rate.
The Commission has determined that a public hearing is not necessary to consider Cameco's proposed project. The "hearing" will be conducted by way of written submissions from Cameco and CNSC staff.

> Download Notice of Hearing Sep. 8, 2008 (PDF)

CNSC invites public comment on the Draft Screening Report concerning the Environmental Assessment of Cameco's proposed production increase at the Blind River Refinery, Ontario
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) invites public comment on the Draft Screening Report concerning the Environmental Assessment of Cameco Corporation's (Cameco) proposed production increase at the Blind River Refinery, near Blind River, Ontario.
Written comments on the Draft Screening Report document should be submitted by May 16, 2008.
> View CNSC Request for Public Comment, April 21, 2008
> View CNSC Project Description

CNSC approves EA guidelines for production increase at Cameco's Blind River Refinery
After holding a hearing on Jan. 12, 2006, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) approved the draft environmental assessment guidelines for the proposed production increase at the Cameco Corporation Blind River Refinery in Blind River, Ontario.

> View CNSC Request for Public Comment, Aug. 25, 2005
> View CNSC Project Description
> View CNSC release Feb. 13, 2006
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, Feb. 13, 2006 (PDF)

Cameco to increase capacity of Blind River uranium refinery
Cameco is going to invest CDN$ 6 million to increase the production capacity of its Blind River uranium refinery. The refined UO3 will be sent to the BNFL Springfields plant in the United Kingdom for conversion to uranium hexafluoride. (Cameco Mar. 16, 2005)
On July 4, 2005, CNSC started the related environmental assessment.
This project involves a proposed increase to the annual licensed production capacity of the Blind River Refinery from 18,000 tonnes uranium as uranium trioxide (UO3) to 24,000 tonnes uranium as UO3. The proposed increase in annual production would be achieved by making minor process modifications to the current circuits.
> View CNSC release July 11, 2005
> Download Blind River Refinery - Project Description to Support an Environmental Assessment for a Production Increase from 18,000 to 24,000 tonnes U per Year, Cameco, May 2005 (3.2M PDF)

 

CNSC holds hearing on mid-term performance of Cameco Blind River uranium refinery

The hearing was held on Feb. 24, 2005 (date revised).

> Download Hearing Notice, Dec. 3, 2004 (PDF)
> Download Revised Hearing Notice, Jan. 28, 2005 (PDF)
> Download Feb. 24, 2005 Hearing Transcript (PDF)
> Download Record of Proceedings, May 18, 2005 (PDF)

 

Cameco seeking approval for recycling of wastes from Blind River and Port Hope nuclear fuel facilities at Key Lake mill

> View details

 

License Renewal for Blind River fuel facility

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), after holding a two-day public hearing, issued a 5-year license renewal to Cameco Corporation of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to operate its uranium processing facility in Blind River, Ontario.
> Download CNSC Announcement (Sep. 6, 2001) (PDF)
> Download Transcript of November 15, 2001, hearing (PDF)
> Download Transcript of January 17, 2002, hearing (PDF)
> View CNSC Release Feb. 18, 2002
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, Feb. 18, 2002 (PDF)

 

License Renewal for Blind River fuel facility

On December 16, 1999, the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB) approved the license renewal for the Cameco Corporation uranium refinery in Blind River, Ontario.
> View AECB News Release of Dec. 17, 1999

 


Cameco Port Hope fuel fabrication plant (Ontario)

(formerly Zircatec Precision Industries Inc.)

> View Cameco Fuel Manufacturing Inc. Environmental Incidents (Cameco)

 

Spill of UO2 powder at Cameco Port Hope fuel fabrication plant

CNSC staff received notification from Cameco Fuel Manufacturing Inc. (CFM) of an unusual event at their facility on August 21, 2012. There was a localized spill of uranium dioxide powder at one of the transfer stations within the facility that resulted in one worker being exposed to uranium and three other workers potentially exposed during cleanup. The worker was wearing personal protective equipment and early urinalysis tests do not indicate abnormal results. All four workers were examined by medical personnel and were temporarily re-assigned as a precautionary measure. There was no risk to the surrounding environment and the general public as a result of this event. (CNSC Aug. 27, 2012)

CNSC issues license renewal for Port Hope fuel manufacturing plant

Following a two-day public hearing (November 3, 2011 and January 18 and 19, 2012), the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on Feb. 29, 2012, its decision to renew for a period of ten years the Nuclear Fuel Facility Operating Licence for Cameco Corporationís Fuel Manufacturing Facility (CFM) located in Port Hope, Ontario. The licence will be valid from March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2022.
> Download Notice of Public Hearing, Aug. 24, 2011 (PDF)
> Download Relicensing Documents (Cameco)
> Download Public Hearing Transcript - Fuel Manufacturing Inc.: Nov. 3, 2011 · Jan. 18, 2012 · Jan. 19, 2012 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Feb. 29, 2012
> Download Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision (PDF)

 

Cameco cuts 79 jobs at Port Hope fuel manufacturing plant due to two-week strike

Canadian uranium producer Cameco has laid off 79 non-union employees at its two nuclear fuel manufacturing plants in Ontario due to a two-week-old strike at the facilities, a company official said on Thursday (Sep 17). Fuel manufacturing at Cameco's Port Hope, Ontario, facility has been completely halted, while the company's nearby Cobourg operation is running on a partial basis, Cameco spokesman Lyle Krahn said. A total of 137 unionized workers walked off the job two weeks ago (Sep. 5) after failing to come to a contract agreement with the company. Key issues are wages and benefits, including retirement benefits. (Reuters Sep. 17, 2009)

 

CNSC holds hearing on amendmend to financial guarantee for Zircatec Port Hope fuel fabrication plant

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) held a one-day public hearing (Sep. 13, 2007) on the application by Zircatec Precision Industries Inc. (Zircatec) for acceptance of the proposed amendment to the value of its existing financial guarantee for its nuclear fuel facility located in Port Hope, Ontario.

> Download Notice of Public Hearing, July 13, 2007 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Sep. 13, 2007 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Oct. 25, 2007
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision (PDF)

 

Slightly Enriched Uranium CANDU Fuel Production project at Zircatec Port Hope plant

Cameco suspends plan to produce slightly enriched uranium fuel bundles at Port Hope
Cameco's plan to produce slightly enriched uranium fuel bundles has been suspended, and could be cancelled completely. The proposal to produce the fuel was suspended at the request of Bruce Power, the Kincardine-based customer for the enriched fuel bundles. Bruce Power, owned in part by Cameco Corporation, has found a less expensive way to enhance safety at its generating station. The slightly enriched uranium, or low void reactivity fuel, was going to be used in an emergency situation to absorb neutrons if a reactor ever needs to be shut down quickly. But Bruce Power still has to get Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) approval for the new plan, so the Cameco project won't be completely cancelled until that approval goes through. (Northumberland News April 15, 2009)

CNSC approves Slightly Enriched Uranium CANDU Fuel Production project at Zircatec Port Hope plant
Following a public hearing held on June 12, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to amend Zircatec Precision Industries Inc.'s (Zircatec) operating licence. The amended licence will authorize Zircatec to produce slightly enriched uranium (SEU) and blended dysprosium and natural uranium oxides (BDU) CANDU fuel at its facility located in Port Hope, Ontario.
> Download Notice of Public Hearing, Revision 2, May 28, 2008 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript June 12, 2008 (PDF)
> View CNSC release July 8, 2008
> Download Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision

CNSC approves results of EA Screening regarding Zircatec's Slightly Enriched Uranium CANDU Fuel Production proposal in Port Hope
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) held a one-day public hearing (January 9, 2008) to consider the results of an Environmental Assessment Screening (EA Screening) regarding Zircatec Precision Industries Inc.'s (Zircatec) Slightly Enriched Uranium CANDU Fuel Production proposal for its facility located in Port Hope, Ontario.
The Commission concluded that Zircatec's project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The Commission therefore can proceed with its consideration of the licence application for the proposed project.
> Download Notice of Public Hearing, Nov. 7, 2007 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Jan. 9, 2008 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Feb. 18, 2008
> Download Record of Proceedings, Feb. 18, 2008 (PDF)
> Download Record of Proceedings Erratum, April 15, 2008 (PDF)

CNSC invites Public Comment on Draft Environmental Assessment Screening Report for Zircatec Precision Industries Inc.'s Slightly Enriched Uranium CANDU Fuel Production proposal
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) invites public comment on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) Screening Report for Zircatec Precision Industries Inc.'s Slightly Enriched Uranium CANDU Fuel Production proposal in Port Hope, Ontario.
> View CNSC Request for Public Comment, Sep. 19, 2007
> Download draft EA Screening Report (WITHHELD)
> Download Project Proposal for SEU CANDU Fuel Production May 19, 2006 - Revision 3 (2.4M PDF - Cameco)

CNSC approves EA Guidelines for Slightly Enriched Uranium CANDU Fuel Production proposal at Zircatec Port Hope fuel fabrication plant
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), after holding a one-day public hearing (June 22, 2007), approved the Environmental Assessment (EA) Guidelines regarding Zircatec Precision Industries Inc.'s (Zircatec) Slightly Enriched Uranium CANDU Fuel Production proposal for its facility located in Port Hope, Ontario.

> Download CSNC Notice of Public Hearing, Apr. 20, 2007 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript June 22, 2007 (PDF)
> View CNSC release, Aug. 3, 2007
> Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision: withheld

 

CNSC issues license renewal, with changes for new fuel types, for Zircatec Port Hope fuel fabrication plant

On Feb. 26, 2007, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), after holding a two-day public hearing (October 4, 2006 and November 30, 2006) issued to Zircatec Precision Industries Inc. a renewal, with specific changes, of the operating licence for the Port Hope Nuclear Fuel Facility located in Port Hope, Ontario.
Zircatec Precision Industries Inc. has applied for the renewal of its licence until February 28, 2012, with specific changes with respect to its proposed production lines to produce a new fuel product containing slightly enriched uranium dioxide (SEU) and blended dysprosium and natural uranium oxides (BDU). The required feed materials (SEU and BDU powders) will be supplied by external sources.

> Download Hearing Notice, July 31, 2006 (PDF)
> Download Oct. 4, 2006, Hearing Transcript (corrected) (PDF)
> Download Revised Hearing Notice, Nov. 20, 2006 (PDF)
> Download Nov. 30, 2006, Hearing Transcript (PDF)
> View CNSC release Feb. 26, 2007
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, Feb. 28, 2007 (PDF)

 

Cameco acquires Zircatec Precision Industries

"Cameco Corporation announced today it has completed the acquisition of a 100% interest in Zircatec Precision Industries, Inc. for $108 million." (Cameco Feb. 1, 2006)
"Cameco Corporation announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire a 100% interest in Zircatec Precision Industries, Inc. for approximately $108 million, including closing adjustments. Zircatecís primary business is manufacturing nuclear fuel bundles for sale to companies that generate electricity from Candu reactors. Cameco anticipates the agreement will close by early February 2006 after a number of agreement conditions are met including third-party and regulatory approvals." (Cameco Dec. 2, 2005)

CNSC holds hearing on mid-term performance of Zircatec Port Hope fuel facility

> Download Hearing Notice Dec. 3, 2004 (PDF)
> Download Feb. 23, 2005, Hearing Transcript (revised) (PDF)
> View CNSC release May 18, 2005
> Download Record of Proceedings, May 18, 2005 (PDF)

 

License Renewal for Zircatec Port Hope fuel facility

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), after holding a two-day public hearing, issued a 5-year license renewal to Zircatec Precision Industries Inc. of Port Hope, Ontario to operate its fuel fabrication facility in Port Hope.
> Download CNSC Announcement (Sep. 6, 2001) (PDF)
> Download Transcript of November 15, 2001, hearing (PDF)
> Download Transcript of January 17, 2002, hearing (PDF)
> View CNSC Release Feb. 18, 2002
> Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision (Feb. 18, 2002) (PDF)

 

License Renewal for Zircatec Port Hope fuel facility

On December 16, 1999, the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB) approved the license renewal for the Zircatec Precision Industries fuel fabrication plant, located in Port Hope, Ontario.
> View AECB News Release of Dec. 17, 1999

 


Port Hope Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Project (Ontario)

CNSC authorizes Phase II of Port Hope Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Project: The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a one-day public hearing (October 24, 2012) to consider Atomic Energy of Canada Limited's (AECL) application to remove the hold points and to amend the expiry date of Waste Nuclear Substance Licence, for the Port Hope Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Project. This is pursuant to the expectations set out in the Commission's decision dated October 16, 2009 requesting that AECL come back before the Commission before the start of Phase 2 of the Project.
AECL is requesting that the Commission lift the hold points to allow the Port Hope Project to proceed into Phase 2 - the construction and remediation phase of the Project. Furthermore, AECL is requesting that the Commission amend the licence period so that it remains in effect until December 31, 2022 to allow AECL to complete the construction of the long-term waste management facility and the remediation of sites within the Municipality of Port Hope.
Written submissions must be filed by September 24, 2012.
> Download Notice of Public Hearing, Aug. 17, 2012 (PDF)
> Download Hearing transcript Oct. 24, 2012 (PDF)

On Nov. 15, 2012, CNSC announced its decision to authorize the release of the hold point, allowing Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) to begin Phase II of the Port Hope Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Project, and to extend the licence expiry date to December 31, 2022.
> View CNSC release Nov. 15, 2012
> Download Summary Record of Proceedings and Decision (PDF)

Port Hope radioactive cleanup gets CDN$ 1.28 billion federal funding: Ottawa has pledged a whopping $1.28 billion to the biggest radioactive waste cleanup in Canadian history. Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver made the announcement in Port Hope on Friday (Jan. 13) morning.
Experts had long predicted the cost of the cleanup, earlier pegged at about $260 million, would balloon. Cleanup of low-level radioactive waste scattered through the picturesque town east of Toronto entails digging out more than 1.2 million cubic metres of soil "enough for 500 Olympic-size pools" and will take a decade.
The waste was the result of 50 years of radium and uranium refining at Cameco refinery, the former Crown corporation Eldorado Nuclear Ltd., from the 1930s to the 1980s. Contaminated soil used as fill was identified as a health hazard in the late '70s, but it has taken decades to find a long-term solution.
The waste will be dug up from numerous hot spots and taken to a new storage facility north of town, where it will be sealed up and monitored. The long-term storage facility will be built at the existing old waste site and adjacent property just south of Highway 401; it has the capacity to manage more than 1.9 million cubic metres of contaminated soil. The mound - something like a gigantic bathtub with an air-tight cover - will isolate the waste within thick, multiple layers of a double-base liner and cover system. (Toronto Star Jan. 13, 2012)

The contract for the detailed design of a long-term management facility to contain historic low-level radioactive waste in Port Hope, Ontario, was awarded to the joint venture of MMM Group Limited/Conestoga-Rovers and Associates Limited of Thornhill, Ontario. (Public Works and Government Services Canada Mar. 1, 2010)

Following a one day public hearing (Aug. 26, 2009), the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on Oct. 16, 2009, its decision to issue to Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) a Waste Nuclear Substance Licence for the Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management (LTWM) Project in Port Hope, Ontario.

> Download CNSC Notice of Hearing, June 16, 2009 (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Aug. 26, 2009 (PDF)
> View CNSC release Oct. 16, 2009
> Download Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision

A planned cleanup of low-level radioactive waste near the shores of Lake Ontario remains years behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget. The federal government committed in 2001 to remove more than 2 million cubic metres of uranium-and radium-contaminated soil from beneath neighbourhood houses, roads, schoolyards, farm fields and the bottom of the local harbour. However, documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Freedom of Information Act cast doubt on how soon the project will be completed, and at what cost. The National Resources Canada report says "a high degree of public scrutiny and public participation" has been the key factor in delaying the planning-based phase of the project by three years and driving up costs by about $5 to $7 million.
The second phase of the operation will see the contaminated soil excavated and moved to a different location before being contained in thick layers of clay, rock and soil. In 1999, the cost of the second phase was estimated at $170 million - a price tag that's expected to soar as a result of changes in the "amount of low-level waste, the number of facilities, their location and design," as well as political stresses, the report says. Toxic elements currently found in the area include above-average levels of the radioactive metals radium and uranium, as well as arsenic, radon and lead. (CP Aug. 19, 2007)

The Port Hope proposal covers the remediation of sites containing low-level radioactive wastes, marginally contaminated soils and specified industrial wastes. The sites to be remediated include four sites already under CNSC licence with the Low Level Radioactive Waste Management Office . As well, it includes the Port Hope harbour, historic wastes from CAMECO and miscellaneous public and private sites for a total waste to be managed of approximately 1.39 million cubic meters.
The proposed project also covers the preparation and construction of a long-term low-level radioactive waste management facility to be located at the site of the existing Welcome waste management facility, and it also includes the management of the waste within that facility.

> Download Notice of Hearing (Dec. 27, 2006) (PDF)
> Download Panel Hearing Transcript Jan. 24, 2007 (PDF)

> View Port Hope Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Project (NRCAN)
> View The Port Hope Project (LLRWMO)
> View Environmental Assessment - Port Hope Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Project (CNSC)

 

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