A proven, environmentally sound, safe solution, designed to address CNL’s nuclear legacy liabilities.
CNL has made application to initiate the regulatory approvals process, including a federal environmental assessment, for a proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) for the management of CNL's low-level radioactive waste and other suitable waste streams.
A site selection process has identified two candidate sites for the proposed facility on the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) site, called the East Mattawa Road (EMR) Site, and the Alternate Site.
Proven technology – Near surface disposal technology has been in use for decades, applied in both the nuclear industry and elsewhere, such as municipal landfills. The technology is mature and well understood. Performance for this engineered solution is sound.
Environmentally sound – The facility design protects the environment. CNL places a high priority on meeting or exceeding regulatory requirements.
Safe - Designed and operated in accordance with applicable codes and best practices, the NSDF technology features a multi-layer base-liner cover system to encapsulate the waste, and robust safety monitoring systems to assure the safety of workers, the public and the environment.
A solution for CNL's legacy obligations - For many years, CNL has safely placed waste from its operations and from Canadian hospitals and universities in interim storage facilities. The proposed NSDF will provide a permanent disposal solution for waste arising from historical operations and generated as CNL revitalizes CRL and closes the Whiteshell Laboratories and Nuclear Power Demonstration sites.