Public comments invited on draft environmental impact statement for Nuclear Power Demonstration Closure Project

News Release

November 15, 2017 – Ottawa, ON 

The draft environmental impact statement (EIS), in both official languages, for the proposed Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) Closure Project submitted by the proponent, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), is now available to the public. The EIS can be accessed by visiting the Documents – For Public Participation section of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry for the NPD Closure Project.

The draft EIS provides an analysis of the project’s potential environmental effects and measures to mitigate those potential impacts. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is seeking comments during a 75-day public comment period on the draft EIS. 

The public comment period gives members of the public, Indigenous groups, and government departments and agencies an opportunity to submit their views in writing to the CNSC on the adequacy of the information presented in the EIS, as measured against the Generic Guidelines for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (the Guidelines), and on the technical merit of the information presented. The Guidelines provide direction to the proponent and identify the information that is required in the EIS.

Written comments in either official language must be submitted by January 29, 2018. All comments on the draft EIS will be posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry in the language in which they were received.

Following receipt of public comments on the draft EIS, CNSC staff will consider all submissions received in making its determination on whether the EIS is satisfactory or whether further information is required from the proponent. Should further information be required, the proponent will be requested to submit the necessary information until CNSC staff are satisfied with a final EIS. In addition, CNSC staff will ensure responses are provided to all comments received from members of the public and Indigenous groups. Following receipt of a final EIS, CNSC staff will prepare a CEAA 2012 environmental assessment report (EA report), to inform the Commission's EA decision. The EA report will be available to the public and Indigenous groups 60 days prior to the Commission’s EA public hearing. The day and time of the hearing are to be determined at a later date by the Commission. Public participation will be offered through the submission of written and/or oral interventions.

Quick Facts

  • CNL is proposing to decommission the Nuclear Power Demonstration Waste Facility, a former nuclear generating station that operated until 1987

  • The facility is one of three partially decommissioned prototype power reactors in Canada

  • CNL is proposing an in situ (leaving in place) decommissioning approach

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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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