CNSC to host the Nuclear Energy Agency’s 18th Meeting of the Working Party on Decommissioning and Dismantling

News Release

October 2, 2017 – Ottawa, ON

On behalf of Canada, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will host the 18th meeting of the Nuclear Energy Agency’s Working Party on Decommissioning and Dismantling (WPDD) from October 3 to 5, 2017 at CNSC headquarters. The focus of this meeting is to exchange information with international counterparts on decommissioning policy, strategy and regulation.

WPDD membership, which comprises representatives from 21 countries, includes policy specialists, regulators, implementers, researchers and waste management experts working in the field of decommissioning. The working group meets annually to discuss issues of special interest related to decommissioning of nuclear facilities, and to share international experiences and best practices. The WPDD also collaborates on building links between decommissioning, decision making and public confidence.

This is the first time the WPDD has organized a meeting in Canada.  Several Canadian organizations will be involved in the meeting, including Ontario Power Generation, Hydro-Québec, Atomic Energy Canada Limited and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. NRCan will also participate and offer the federal policy perspective on decommissioning nuclear facilities. International developments on decommissioning will be shared among participants, and discussions will be held on the social aspects of decommissioning. Other subjects will include radiological characterization and decommissioning, and optimizing management of low-level radioactive materials and waste from decommissioning. The meeting will conclude with a technical tour of Chalk River Laboratories in Deep River, Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Participants from 15 member countries will be in attendance

  • The CNSC will present a case study on engaging with Indigenous groups, the public, and other stakeholders.

  • A topical session on the decommissioning scene in Canada will be held.

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Aurèle Gervais
Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Tel: 613-996-6860 or 1-800-668-5284

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