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CNSC Renews Darlington Waste Management Facility Operating Licence

Submitted by on March 26, 2013 – 9:43 pmNo Comment

Following a one-day public hearing, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) recently announced  its decision to renew Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Waste Management Facility operating licence, for a period of ten years. The licence will be valid from March 13, 2013 until April 30, 2023.

This Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision deals specifically with the Darlington Waste Management Facility licence renewal. The Records of Proceedings for the renewal of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (NGS) power reactor operating licence and the environmental assessment for OPG’s proposed refurbishment of the Darlington NGS are separate documents.

In making its decision, the Commission considered information presented at a public hearing held December 3 – 6, 2012 in Courtice, Ontario. The Commission received and considered submissions regarding the three matters referred to above from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and 690 intervenors, as well as recommendations from CNSC staff.

The Commission authorizes the construction and operation of two additional storage buildings and includes in the renewed licence the conditions as recommended by CNSC staff. CNSC staff will provide a consolidated report on the performance of the waste management facilities in 2014, insofar as CNSC staff does not include waste management facilities in its Nuclear Cycle and Facilities Regulation Annual Report.

The Record of Proceedings is available upon request to the Commission Secretariat. It will be available, in both official languages, on the CNSC Web site at a later date. Transcripts of the hearing are available on the CNSC Web site at nuclearsafety.gc.ca, or by contacting the CNSC. The webcast of the hearing is archived on the same site for a period of 90 days.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; and to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

For more information, visit www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng

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