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December 22, 2020

NPD Closure Project submits the revised draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

In December 2020, the NPD Closure Project submitted the revised draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). This is an important milestone in the Environmental Assessment (EA) process for the project.

The revised draft EIS for the NPD Closure Project was first submitted at the end of March 2020. After which, the CNSC came back with a request for further information. Since April, the project team has been working on responding to information requests from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and updating the revised draft EIS to ensure a satisfactory resubmission.

Over the course of Environmental Assessment (EA), CNL has learned the key areas of interest and concern from the public, Indigenous Peoples and federal and provincial agencies. CNL has addressed comments from stakeholders and Indigenous communities and incorporated this feedback into the revised draft EIS. Details on the key changes to the revised draft EIS were shared in our webinar this month, which is now available on YouTube.

What’s the next step in the EA process for NPD? Pending a satisfactory completeness check, the CNSC will begin their 90 day technical review of the revised draft EIS. There are likely to be a number of further information requests and comments from the CNSC that come out of this review, but this submission marks an important step in progressing towards the final EIS, which is anticipated to be submitted in the fall of 2021.

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