CNSC publishes sixth Canadian National Report for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), on behalf of the Government of Canada, has published the sixth Canadian National Report for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

The Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention) is a legally binding international agreement that governs all aspects of spent fuel and radioactive waste management. It represents a commitment by Contracting Parties (member countries) to achieve and maintain a consistently high level of safety in the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste.

This report demonstrates how Canada continues to meet its obligations under the terms of the Joint Convention for the reporting period of April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017. A collaboration between government, industry and the CNSC, Canada’s nuclear regulator, this document focuses specifically on the progress of long-term management initiatives for spent fuel and radioactive waste in Canada, revisions and updates to Canada’s fifth national report, and comments and issues raised at the Fifth Review Meeting.

Specifically, it includes information on:
- Canada’s current priorities for long-term management of spent fuel and radioactive waste
- the inventory of spent fuel and radioactive waste current to the reporting period
- the status of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s site selection process for a deep geological repository for Canada’s spent fuel
- the status of Ontario Power Generation’s proposed Deep Geologic Repository for low- and intermediate-level waste

The report confirms Canada’s commitment to identifying and implementing long-term management approaches that do not place an undue burden on future generations. Spent fuel and radioactive waste in Canada are currently managed in interim storage facilities that are safe, environmentally sound, and continually monitored to ensure fitness for service.

The report will be discussed among the Contracting Parties during the Sixth Review Meeting, to be held at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, from May 21 to June 1, 2018.


Quick facts

  • The Joint Convention is the first legally binding international treaty on safety in the areas of spent fuel management and radioactive waste management.

  • Canada was one of the first countries to endorse the Joint Convention, which came into force on June 18, 2001.

  • In order to promote open and transparent discussions, Contracting Parties are required to submit a national report for peer review at each review meeting.

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Aurèle Gervais
Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
613-996-6860
1-800-668-5284
cnsc.mediarelations-relationsmedias.ccsn@canada.ca


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