Casework: Proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility at Chalk River

In 2016, the privately-owned Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) proposed a Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) for their Chalk River site. 

CNL applied to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to amend its nuclear research and operating license for the site to allow for an NSDF for low-level radioactive waste. Prior to granting the license, the NSDF is required to undergo a federal environmental assessment (EA) under the EA legislation that was in place at the time, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

In May of 2022, CNSC held a five-day public hearing to consider the CNL’s application. CELA made a submission in writing and appeared before the Commission during the hearing. CELA law students wrote a daily blog from the hearing (see links below).

Following the hearing, the CNSC extended the deadline for written comments to allow more time for consultation with Indigenous communities. 

The final day of the hearing is August 10, 2023 and will take place in-person and virtually. CELA made an additional written submission in advance of the hearing, which can be found here. More information can be found on the CSNC website. A helpful timeline of the full process is available here.

CNSC 2022 Hearing - A Blog Series

In the summer of 2022,  CELA law students Rebecca Waxman and Adam Meadows attended the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission hearing on the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility at Chalk River. They shared reflections and reactions lives from the nuclear licensing hearing room through a series of daily blogs. 

Resources & Submissions

Final Environmental Impact Statement for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ Proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has submitted an application to amend its nuclear research and test establishment operating licence for the Chalk River Laboratories site to authorize the constructcion of the proposed near-surface disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste (“NSDF”). CELA submitted an intervention to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission commenting on the adequacy of CNL’s final Environmental Impact Statement for the NSDF and opposing the licencen amendment request. The hearing will begin on May 31, 2022 and the public is invited to watch.

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Blog: Ottawa River’s Best Kept Secret

Blog posted by Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Counsel on August 2, 2016 I visited the beautiful waterfront on the Ottawa River in the town of Deep River last week, following site tours at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories and Rolphton. A sign

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