Decommissioning & Waste Management

Depending on your requirements, we may work with or through trusted nuclear suppliers to deliver the best solution to you. In these cases, we will consult with and advise you on the most appropriate path forward.

Delivering decommissioning, site remediation and providing waste management solutions

For over 60 years, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has been recognized as a leader in nuclear site management, site and reactor operations, waste management and environmental remediation.

CNL offers full service site decommissioning and provides waste management solutions including consulting, project management, regulatory assurances and research and development expertise to the nuclear industry.

Nuclear facility decommissioning services


  • Preliminary and detailed decommissioning plans including storage with surveillance plans, environmental assessments, safety analysis reports, life management reports, dose assessments
  • Decommissioning strategy and methods development including scope, schedule, cost estimates
  • Regulatory interface and advisory services for managing waste and licensing requirements
  • Pre-operational liability information management and monitoring programs
  • Research and development to support unique client needs for comprehensive site clean-up including remote tooling and radiation assessments

Nuclear waste management services  

  • Radiological waste characterisation at site and facility level
  • Chemical waste characterisation
  • ALARA and shielding calculations
  • Storage facility design
  • Strategic waste management planning and regulatory interface services 

Notable decommissioning & waste management experience

  • Greenfield decommissioning of two research reactors, including pool test reactor, and an actinide laboratory in Chalk River, Canada
  • Decommissioning of the University of Dalhousie, Nova Scotia SLOWPOKE-2 (Safe Low Power Critical Experiment) reactor
  • Greenfield decommissioning of research reactor in Ottawa, Canada
  • Characterization of the Ottawa Riverbed adjacent Chalk River nuclear sites
  • Port Hope Area Initiative ongoing waste management project to cleanup of 1.2 million cubic meters of historic wastes