Environmental Protection

In today’s world, organizations need to be able to demonstrate environmentally-friendly business management. Certification to the internationally recognized EMS standard, ISO 14001 is now the preferred choice for businesses to demonstrate their environmental stewardship. CNL is proud to be one of thousands of organizations across 155 countries to be registered to ISO 14001.

The reality in today’s world is that business and environmental performance now go hand in hand. CNL Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) has been ISO 14001 certified for eight years and CNL Whiteshell Laboratories (WL) has been certified since 2010. During this time, there have been many lessons learned and there has been a steady evolution of CNL’s Environmental Management System. A significant level of effort and vigilance is required to establish, maintain and improve an Environmental Management System over time. 

As Canada’s nuclear science and technology laboratory, it is vital that CNL leads by example in terms of environmental performance. For this reason, CNL has an Environment Policy which ensures the protection of the environment as an integral component of our decision-making in all phases of our business activities, including product development, project planning, project implementation, operations and decommissioning. We also focus our environmental efforts on minimizing nuclear legacy obligations for future generations.

The Environment Policy applies to all aspects of CNL's activities.


We practice responsible environmental management.

We are committed to pollution prevention*.

We set environmental objectives and targets to support continual improvement of our environmental performance.

We comply with environmental laws, requirements, and recognized standards and guidelines applicable to our activities.

We review the impacts of our activities, facilities, projects, services and products on the environment.

We will seek to develop and improve technologies to advance environmental protection and clean air solutions.

We promote public and employee awareness of this policy and our environmental performance.

Environmental Plan

The Environmental Plan is a report that is issued annually, in support of the Environment Policy.  It describes the strategic environmental objectives for CNL sites. The Environmental Plan currently includes initiatives to:

  • Manage legacy radioactive waste
  • Upgrade infrastructure related to current operations
  • Manage and monitor emissions
  • Build new infrastructure, and
  • Implement “Green Initiatives” to improve waste management, energy and vehicle usage

If you wish to receive a copy of the current Environmental Plan, please contact us.

* Pollution prevention is defined as the use of processes, practices, materials, products, substances or energy that avoid or minimize the creation of pollutants and waste and reduce the overall risk to the environment or human health.