Clarification re Chalk River nuclear dump


We would like to provide clarification regarding the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) role and processes in response to a letter and editorial on the topic that appeared on pages 4 and 5 of the February 23 issue.

The CNSC’s role is to regulate the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment.

CNSC staff will only recommend to the Commission that it issue a decision in favour of an application once they’re satisfied with the technical basis of the safe operations of the facility, and that people and the environment will remain protected throughout its lifecycle. Licence applications will only be approved once the Commission is satisfied it’s safe for the public and environment.

CNSC staff completed a rigorous and fulsome assessment of the application against all regulatory requirements as well as full and transparent environmental and licensing assessments for this proposal.
CNSC will never compromise safety.

All items disposed of in the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) must meet established waste acceptance criteria to assure compliance with operational and long-term safety requirements. Only low-level radioactive waste including contaminated building materials, soils, and operational equipment (ex: clothing, rags, mops, tools) would be included.

Anyone with interest or expertise in the proposed NSDF or information that may be useful to the Commission in coming to a decision can formally participate as intervenors in Part 2 of the public hearing scheduled to begin on May 31, 2022. The process to apply is available on our website. Commission members read all written submissions prior to the hearing. During the hearing, Commission members can raise any specific concerns or questions for CNSC staff or the applicant. The deadline to apply to intervene is April 11, 2022.

Kim Cunningham
Media Relations Advisor, CNSC