Public comments invited on new regulatory document on recovery from a nuclear emergency

News release

July 16, 2018 – Ottawa, ON

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is asking the public to review REGDOC-2.10.1, Emergency Management and Fire Protection, Volume II: Framework for Recovery After a Nuclear Emergency, and to provide their comments on the document.

This regulatory document outlines guidance that decision makers may need to consider prior to, or following, the response to a nuclear emergency. The guidance in this document is consistent with international best practices. It contains no new regulatory requirements for Canadian licensees.

Recovery in the event of a nuclear emergency is a broad and complex matter, and would impact many levels of government and numerous emergency management organizations. This regulatory document is a product of an ongoing collaboration between three such organizations: the CNSC, Health Canada and Natural Resources Canada.

The public, stakeholders, and Indigenous Peoples are invited to provide comments by September 28, 2018.

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.

Quick facts

  • For the purposes of this document, “recovery” is defined as the actions taken following a nuclear emergency to restore quality of life, social systems, economies, community infrastructure and the environment..

  • During a nuclear emergency, the CNSC provides regulatory oversight of actions taken by the nuclear operator (licensee) to protect the public, the workers and the environment.

  • Natural Resources Canada oversees the enforcement of the Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act (NLCA). The NLCA establishes a compensation and liability regime in the unlikely event of a nuclear accident resulting in civil injury and damages.

  • Health Canada is the lead federal government department for all matters related to the Federal Nuclear Emergency Plan (FNEP). The FNEP describes how overall coordination is to occur in the event of a nuclear emergency in Canada.

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Aurèle Gervais
Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

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