Notice of participant funding offering for the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Near Surface Disposal Facility Project

News Release

May 25, 2016 – Ottawa, ON

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is offering participant funding to assist members of the public, Aboriginal groups and other stakeholders in participating in the environmental assessment, licence application review and Commission hearing processes for the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) Near Surface Disposal Facility Project.

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, CNL is requesting an amendment to its existing nuclear research and test establishment licence for the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) site. Before the CNSC can make a licensing decision on this proposal, an environmental assessment (EA) conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 is required. The dates and location of associated CNSC public Commission hearings will be announced at a later date in a notice of public hearing.

Participant funding of up to $100,000 is being offered for the provision of new, distinctive and valuable information, through informed and topic-specific interventions to the Commission. Funding will be awarded for the review of documentation including CNL’s environmental impact statement, CNSC staff and CNL Commission member documents, and for participation in associated public Commission hearings.

The deadline for submitting a completed participant funding application form to the CNSC is September 2, 2016.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

For information about how to participate, visit the Near Surface Disposal Facility Project and Participant Funding Program sections of the CNSC website.

Quick facts

  • The Near Surface Disposal Facility is a proposed engineered disposal facility for low-level waste planned for the CRL site
  • The facility is planned to have an operating life of at least 50 years; as proposed, it would be an engineered mound built at near-surface level on the CRL site
  • The proposed project would also include a wastewater treatment plant and supporting infrastructure


Aurèle Gervais
Media and Community Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

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