Notice of participant funding for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change's application for licensing release of the Deloro Mine site

News Release

January 27, 2017 – Ottawa, ON

Note: Public hearing and participant funding dates have been revised.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is offering participant funding to assist members of the public, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders in participating in the licence application review and the Commission’s public hearing process for the MOECC’s application seeking the release of the Deloro Mine site from CNSC licensing, through an exemption under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and its associated regulations.

The CNSC will hold a public hearing in Ottawa, Ontario on August 16 or 17, 2017 to consider the MOECC’s application. The MOECC has declared that the nuclear substances onsite have been effectively remediated and no longer pose an unreasonable risk to workers, the public or the environment.

The Deloro Mine site is a 202-hectare former gold mining, refining and smelting site located in Marmora, Ontario.

Participant funding up to $35,000 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 CNSC staff’s and the MOECC’s Commission member documents, and for participation in the Commission’s public hearing.

The deadline for submitting a completed participant funding application form to the CNSC is April 3, 2017.

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 more information, view the Revised Notice of Public Hearing or visit the Participate in a Public Commission Hearing and Participant Funding Program sections of the CNSC website.

Quick facts

  • The Deloro Mine began operation as an underground gold mine in the 1860s and the historical mining, refining, and manufacturing operation closed in 1961
  • The Ontario Ministry of Environment, now known as the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) assumed responsibility for the site in 1979 as remediator of last resort and was granted a licence to remediate the site in 2009
  • The remediation of the Deloro Mine site has been organized into three separate cleanup projects: the Tailings Area, the Industrial and Mine Area and the Young’s Creek Area


Aurèle Gervais
Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

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