(2015 May 26) Much of the world gathered together recently at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria to reinforce an international agreement that governs all aspects of spent fuel and radioactive waste management. Canada, which was an original endorsee and contracted party of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, had a number of delegates present. Canada’s delegation was led by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), with Ramzi Jammal, Executive Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Officer as head of delegation, and a number of CNSC staff, and included representatives from Natural Resources Canada, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, Ontario Power Generation, Hydro Quebec, Nordion as well as Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL).
Canada’s presentation included a section on CNL’s activities, presented by Joan Miller, Vice-President Decommissioning and Waste Management, which included the laboratories commitment to safety in the management of spent fuel and of radioactive waste as part of the global safety regime for ensuring the proper protection of people and the environment
This international convention is an important forum for demonstrating the transparency and safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management. To this end, CNL also contributed to a jointly authored national report that was submitted for international peer review at the forum. This report demonstrates the measures Canada has taken to fulfill the obligations of the convention.
The success of the convention is based on the effectiveness of the peer-review process. To this end, CNL supported the CNSC in review of various country reports. Also, Steve Liblong and Pierre Wong of CRL's Waste Management and Environmental Remediation Division, participated as observers at the Convention itself during the presentations as the peer-review process continued.
To view the report
To view the presentation