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January 20, 2022

Environmental Assessment Update for the NPD Closure Project

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has requested that Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) provide further revisions to information provided in the revised draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) Closure Project. CNL submitted the revised draft EIS to the CNSC in December 2021 for a completeness check, which is a part of the ongoing federal environmental assessment for this in-situ disposal project.

CNL is closely examining the regulatory feedback and reassessing the EIS submission. This feedback was specific to Indigenous content. CNL will continue to work with Indigenous communities and public stakeholders to ensure interests and concerns are reflected in the revised EIS and addressed by the project.

Once the completeness check has been achieved, the next step in the environmental assessment process is a technical review by Indigenous, federal and provincial representatives. More information on the milestones in the environmental assessment process can be found in Appendix A of the Administrative Protocol.

CNL is endeavouring to submit a final EIS, incorporating all comments provided by the public, Indigenous communities, interest groups, and federal and provincial bodies since 2015, in late 2022.

The letter from the CNSC to CNL is available here.

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