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July 15, 2019

Notice of Commencement for Canada’s first proposed SMR project

(2019 July 15) Today, the Notice of Commencement of an environmental assessment (EA) for a small modular reactor project at the Chalk River Laboratories was posted by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) web site. Global First Power (GFP) with support from Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation™ (USNC) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) propose to construct and operate a 5 MW electrical “Micro Modular Reactor” (MMR) plant at the CRL campus.

Further details on the proposed project are available in the Project Description, and on

While this announcement reflects an important milestone for the project proponent, Global First Power, this should not be interpreted as project approval; regulatory oversight including public consultation, rigorous environmental study and stringent evaluations will continue throughout the Environmental Assessment process.

This work is aligned with CNL’s Strategic Initiative in small modular reactors and our vision to establish CNL as a global hub for the development of SMR technology.

GFP’s proposed project is presently in the third stage (negotiations) of CNL’s four stage Invitation to Site a Demonstration SMR. The invitation remains open with several proponents, all at different stages in the process.

Further information on the invitation process is available at

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