Casework: Uranium Processing Plant Relicensing Hearing in Peterborough

CELA is representing Citizens Against Radioactive Neighbourhoods (CARN), a Peterborough-based non-profit organization opposed to the renewal of a uranium processing facility’s operating licence. CARN was formed to raise awareness about nuclear facilities and advocate for more stringent human health and environmental safeguards.

Uranium fuel manufacturer BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. has requested a 10-year licence renewal from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and permission to shift uranium fuel pellet operations from their Toronto facility to Peterborough. Public hearings were held in early 2020 with detailed submissions from CELA on behalf of CARN as well as expert reports and hundreds of written and oral interventions from CARN members. A decision is anticipated later this year.

Media Releases, Legal Submissions

Following the hearing in March 2020, the CNSC subsequently ordered CNSC staff to carry out soil resampling for beryllium at properties adjacent to BWXT’s Peterborough facility, with a focus on the property where the Prince of Wales Elementary School is located. Analysis of the resampling results is to be made available in October 30, 2020 (more details at: CNSC Revised Notice of Continuation of Public Hearing.