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Key Environmental Projects

Key Environmental Projects

CNL manages all of Canada’s nuclear legacy liabilities at CNL sites.

CNL is responsible for implementing the program by carrying out decommissioning and site remediation work and managing the legacy waste. This work involves:

Ensuring regulatory compliance, safety and effectiveness;
Identifying priorities and developing annual plans;
Reporting on approved activities; and
Holding and administering licences, facilities, lands, materials and other asset responsibilities related to the nuclear legacy liabilities.
CNL across Canada
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Northern Transportation Route

AECL is working with CNL and engaging with local communities and Indigenous groups to establish clean-up plans for all remaining sites at certain points along the Northern Transportation Route.
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Whiteshell Laboratories

The Whiteshell Laboratories, in Pinawa, Manitoba, is a former research site that is currently being decommissioned.
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Douglas Point Reactor

The Douglas Point reactor is a shutdown prototype nuclear power reactor owned by AECL and located in Kincardine, Ontario.
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Port Hope Area Initiative

The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) represents the Government of Canada’s commitment to clean-up and safely manage historic low-level radioactive waste currently located in the municipalities of Port Hope and Clarington.
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Chalk River Laboratories

The Chalk River Laboratories are Canada’s largest science and technology complex. The objective is to revitalize the site and transform it into a world-class, state of-the-art nuclear science and technology campus.
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Gentilly-1 Power Reactor

Gentilly-1 is a shutdown prototype nuclear reactor owned by AECL and located in Bécancour, Quebec.
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Nuclear Power Demonstration Site

The NPD reactor was Canada’s first nuclear power reactor to supply electricity to the electrical distribution grid and served as an important training facility for reactor engineers and operators. It has been shut down for more than 30 years and plans are being proposed for its safe decommissioning.

CNL manages legacy liabilities at the following sites in Canada:

  • Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario, with about 70 per cent of the liabilities;
  • Whiteshell Laboratories and the nearby Underground Research Laboratory in Manitoba, with about 20 per cent of the liabilities;
  • Three shutdown prototype reactors, with about 10 per cent of the liabilities:

  • Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) reactor in Rolphton, Ontario;
  • Douglas Point reactor in Kincardine, Ontario;
  • Gentilly-1 reactor in Bécancour, Quebec.