Launch of public engagement on radioactive waste policy

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The Government of Canada cannot afford to rest on its laurels when it comes to improving the regulatory framework that ensures the safety of nuclear energy and the management of its waste. Given the legacy of contaminated radioactive waste that has accumulated at the Chalk River research site, and given the
importance of its clean-up to everyone in the Ottawa River watershed, the

The Government of Canada cannot afford to rest on its laurels when it comes to improving the regulatory framework that ensures the safety of nuclear energy and the management of its waste. Given the legacy of contaminated radioactive waste that has accumulated at the Chalk River research site, and given the
importance of its clean-up to everyone in the Ottawa River watershed, the
renewal of radioactive waste policy is important for the riding of Pontiac.
The Government of Canada should modernize Canada’s radioactive waste policy to promote long-term management solutions, in alignment with best international standards and practices.
I salute the launch of an inclusive engagement process to modernize Canada’s Radioactive Waste Policy. Through this process, the government will engage interested Canadians. The objective is to elaborate on the existing policy in order to provide greater leadership on radioactive waste management and ensure the government meets international best practices.
For more information, and to participate in the policy review engagement process, visit www.radwastereview.ca.
I encourage broad public participation in this process.
Minister O’Regan has also asked the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, a non-profit organization responsible for implementing Canada’s plan for the long-term management of nuclear fuel waste, to lead a dialogue
to develop an integrated strategy for Canada’s radioactive waste through close collaboration among waste owners and producers, Indigenous peoples and other interested Canadians.
Given that nuclear power will play a significant role in helping Canada meet its commitment of net-zero emissions by 2050, public engagement on the issue of radioactive waste management is essential. Modernizing the existing Radioactive Waste Policy is critical for the government to continue to protect public health and safety and the environment.
 

William Amos, PONTIAC MP