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The CNSC evaluates licencee training programs
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission evaluates licencee training programs.
The CNSC adopts the Framework for Excellence
The CNSC's Framework for Excellence is adopted as a foundation for success. The Framework has four pillars which provide the CNSC with the tools necessary for the maintenance of excellence and to provide Canada with one of the best nuclear regulators in the world: the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and Management Charter ; a strong and coherent strategic planning process; effective information and knowledge management; and a well-designed organizational structure.
The CNSC implements the CLEAN program
The CNSC implements its Contaminated Lands Evaluation and Assessment (CLEAN) program. The program aims to develop and apply consistent and transparent CNSC regulatory control to sites where nuclear substances exceed the exemption quantities specified in the Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Regulations . The Commission Tribunal grants temporary exemptions from licensing for all identified contaminated sites until the appropriate regulatory control for those sites is determined.
The Port Hope Area Initiative is launched to clean and manage radioactive waste
The Government of Canada launches the Port Hope Area Initiative, a community-initiated project to clean and safely manage low-level radioactive waste in the Port Hope community. The waste resulted from radium and uranium refining that took place from the 1930s to the 1960s.
The CNSC adopts a new framework for international undertakings
The CNSC establishes and begins to implement a framework to manage and monitor international undertakings. The framework will help ensure that international undertakings and activities correspond to the CNSC mandate, and that they are prioritized and performed effectively and efficiently.
MacLachlan is appointed to the Commission Tribunal
Ms. L.J. MacLachlan is appointed as a member of the CNSC's Tribunal and serves until January 8, 2003.
The CNSC takes on enhanced power to protect the environment
With the Nuclear Safety and Control Act coming into force, Canada's nuclear regulator, the CNSC, assumes enhanced regulatory power to protect the environment. In 2000–2001, a key step in enhancing environmental protection involves establishing a firm regulatory foundation. A regulatory policy, Protection of the Environment (P-223), is finalized in February 2001 to clarify the CNSC's expectations of licensees.
The new CNSC functions to enhance regulatory affairs and international commitments
The Office of Regulatory Affairs is created to enhance the CNSC’s effectiveness and efficiency, and the Office of International Affairs is created to strengthen the CNSC's international nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards activities.
A two-year project begins to restart Bruce A Units 3 and 4; Bruce Power wins industry awards
Bruce Power takes over the Bruce site on May 12. A decision is made to proceed with a two-year project to restart Units 3 and 4 of Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station. More stringent security measures, including the incorporation of a rapid-response, armed security force, would be introduced after terrorist attacks in the U.S. on September 11. In November, Bruce Power wins the Gold Award for Excellence and Innovation from the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships and in December wins the Financial Times Global Energy Award for Successful Investment Decision of the Year.
The first results are released from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
Researchers at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory announce the first official results of their experiment: The type of neutrinos created in the sun have a mass and can change from one variety to another in their journey to Earth.
The CNSC restructures to improve independence
The CNSC restructures its Secretariat and separates it from the CNSC staff organization in order to improve the independence of and support for the Commission Tribunal.
Nuclear reactor facilities are instructed to enhance security in the wake of terrorist attacks
The Commission Tribunal issues an emergency order to all nuclear reactor facilities to increase their security. Major nuclear facilities are immediately instructed by the CNSC to initiate enhanced security measures at their sites including perimeter security and armed guards. The Nuclear Security Regulations are subsequently enacted in 2003.
The UK considers CANDU technology
British Energy and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. sign an agreement to conduct a feasibility study on CANDU technology as a potential nuclear power station option in the UK.
Harbance (Herb) Dhaliwal
The Honourable Harbance (Herb) Dhaliwal, Minister responsible for nuclear matters, January 2002 – December 2003
Cluff Lake ends operation after 22 years
After 22 years of mining, Saskatchewan's Cluff Lake operation ceases operation with a total production of 136.4 million kilograms.
Major changes take place in the nuclear industry
The CANDU Owners Group declares Units 6 and 7 of the Bruce B Nuclear Generating Station the top performing CANDU reactors in the world for the previous year's production. On May 1, Ontario's electricity market opens to competition. British Energy begins to divest its North American assets, which provides an opportunity for TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. and BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust to join Cameco, the Power Workers' Union and The Society of Energy Professionals in a revised Canadian-based Bruce Power partnership. Ontario Energy Minister John Baird visits Bruce Power to tour the site and officially open the Huron Wind farm.
The CNSC approves a licence application for Cigar Lake
The CNSC approves a licence application for the Cigar Lake Mining Corporation joint venture for the Cigar Lake uranium deposit.
The CNSC grants a preparation licence for the Midwest Project
The CNSC issues a uranium mine site preparation licence to COGEMA Resources Inc. for the Midwest Project in northern Saskatchewan's Athabasca region. The project had not proceeded beyond initial test mining during the late 1980s, and COGEMA continues maintaining the site as authorized under a former AECB licence.
McDill is appointed to the Commission Tribunal
Dr. J. Moyra J. McDill is appointed as a member of the CNSC's Commission Tribunal for a term ending March 4, 2014.
Dosman is appointed to the Commission Tribunal
Dr. J.A. Dosman is appointed as a member of the CNSC's Tribunal and serves until December 29, 2003.
The NPD reactor is designated a heritage site
The Nuclear Power Demonstration reactor is designated a provincial heritage site by the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
Power demand in Ontario hits a new record
Electricity demand in Ontario reaches a new peak of 25,496 MW.
The CNSC launches its first Government On-Line service
The CNSC launches its first Government On-Line service, enabling 300 Canadian hospitals and clinics in the nuclear medicine community to conduct business with the CNSC electronically.
The Nuclear Fuel Waste Act comes into force
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is established under the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act to investigate approaches for long-term management of Canada's used nuclear fuel. It will have three years to submit its recommendations to the Government of Canada on a proposed long-term approach.
The CNSC's mandate increases post-September 11, 2001
The scope of the CNSC’s regulatory mandate for nuclear security expands significantly in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. A comprehensive review of all nuclear facilities is undertaken using a risk-based approach and results in dividing nuclear facilities into three risk-related categories: Category 1, nuclear generating stations and certain research facilities; Category 2, fuel fabrication and radioisotope processing facilities, and uranium refineries and mills; Category 3, hospitals and universities.
A project is launched to amend nuclear non-proliferation regulations
The CNSC initiates a project to amend Canada’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Import and Export Control Regulations . Updated regulations will ensure that a primary statutory mechanism to fulfill Canada’s bilateral and multilateral international commitments on non-proliferation and safeguards is both comprehensive and current.
CANDU units are delivered early to China
The CANDU units in China are delivered four months ahead of schedule and under budget. The project holds the record for the shortest construction schedule ever accomplished for a nuclear power plant in China.
Whiteshell takes its first steps to decommission
The CNSC grants a nuclear research and test establishment decommissioning licence to AECL for Whiteshell Laboratories, allowing the facility to be Canada’s first licensed nuclear site to be decommissioned. The licence authorizes the first phase of decommissioning and the continuation of limited research programs.
Work begins to restart the Bruce A facility
Refueling begins on Unit 4 of Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station as work to restart Bruce A continues. (Source: Bruce Power)
The amended Nuclear Safety and Control Act receives royal assent
The CNSC participates in the development and passage of Bill C-4 to amend the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA) to change the liability for cleanup of contaminated land, and the bill receives royal assent on February 13. Revisions to the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations and Nuclear Security Regulations also progress significantly during the reporting period. CNSC staff continues to review the NSCA to ensure the ability to respond to security challenges.
A Canadian consortium acquires interests in nuclear energy
A Canadian-based consortium officially joins Bruce Power L.P. The consortium also acquires a 50% interest in Huron Wind – now in service with five 1.8-MW turbines – and a small interest in General Hydrogen Corporation in British Columbia. (Source: Bruce Power)
The CNSC President is elected to INRA’s top position
CNSC President Linda J. Keen is elected President of the International Nuclear Regulators Association. (Source: CNSC)
The CNSC delivers its first report on spent fuel management
TThe CNSC submits its first national report to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management. Canadian spent fuel and radioactive waste activities not only meet the requirements of the Joint Convention but are acknowledged and commended by contracting parties. Canada’s participation contributes to the safe management of global spent fuel and radioactive waste.
The CNSC replaces its cost recovery fees
The CNSC, with the approval of the Governor in Council, replaces its Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Cost Recovery Fees Regulations . The CNSC first introduced licence fees in 1990. Licence fees are now charged according to these new fee regulations, and the CNSC equitably recovers the actual cost of regulating the nuclear industry. (Source: Justice Canada)
Bruce Unit 8 ends a run of 476 continuous days of operation
Unit 8 of Bruce B Nuclear Generating Station ends a run of 476 continuous days of operation for an outage on June 7.
The CNSC replaces its Cost Recovery Fees.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission replaces its Cost Recovery Fees. The CNSC first introduced licence fees in 1990. The CNSC replaced its CNSC Cost Recovery Fees Regulations on July 1, 2003. Licence fees are now charged according to these new fees regulations, and the CNSC equitably recovers the actual cost of regulating the nuclear industry. (Source: Justice Canada)
The Bruce Technical Skills Training Centre opens
The Bruce Technical Skills Training Centre is opened in a partnership between Bruce Power and the Power Workers’ Union.
CNSC President Keen is appointed to the U.S.–Canada Power System Outage Task Force
CNSC President Keen is appointed to the U.S.–Canada Power System Outage Task Force, which investigates causes of the August 14 blackout and makes recommendations for preventing similar situations in the future. (Source: CNSC)
Bruce facilities help restore the biggest power failure in history
A power failure causes the largest grid blackout in North American history. Units 5, 7 and 8 of Bruce B Nuclear Generating Station stay online to help to restore power for Ontario. On August 16, Ontario Premier Ernie Eves travels to Bruce Power to thank staff for their "excellent job". On the same day, with restart imminent, a community celebration is held on the beach in Saugeen Shores. More than 7,000 people enjoy food and entertainment. (Source: Bruce Power)
A report leads to significant changes in regulating sealed nuclear sources
Through its Directorate of Nuclear Substances Regulation, CNSC staff produce the DNSR Task Force on Regulatory Review of Field Operations, Final Report , which leads to significant changes in the regulation of sealed nuclear sources.
Pickering A Unit 4 begins operations
Unit 4 of Pickering A Nuclear Generating Station begins operations. This is the first of four reactors laid up in 1997 to return to service. (Source: Bruce Power)
Canada and Sweden donate a tampering verification device to the IAEA
The CNSC and its Swedish counterpart donate a pre-production model of the Digital Cerenkov Viewing Device to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The device, developed by the CNSC's Canadian Safeguards Support Program, is used to verify that tampering of spent nuclear fuel has not taken place. (Source: International Atomic Energy Agency)
The CNSC and Environment Canada sign a Memorandum of Understanding
The CNSC and Environment Canada sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to collaborate on environmental regulation of nuclear facilities. This agreement is created to minimize regulatory duplication and to comply with a federal policy requiring departments to coordinate activities.
Bruce A Unit 4 prepares for service
Unit 4 of Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station is synchronized to the grid. (Source: Bruce Power)
The CNSC proposes amendments to the Nuclear Security Regulations
The CNSC proposes amendments to the Nuclear Security Regulations to strengthen the overall security at nuclear facilities. Canadians, as well as the international community, can be assured that Canadian nuclear facilities and nuclear substances are well protected, in accordance with international physical protection practices and standards recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Honourable John Efford, Minister responsible for nuclear matters, December 2003 – September 2005
Amendments update Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations
Amendments to the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations (PTNSR) and the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations (GNSCR) are approved. The amendments update PTNSR references to IAEA regulations and introduce new packaging requirements.
The IAEA publishes new code of conduct for safety
The International Atomic Energy Agency publishes the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources , establishing guidance requirements for a harmonized national and international system of control over safety and security of radioactive sources. Canada is among the first countries to commit to implementing this Code, which the CNSC participated in developing.
Licensing exemptions are given to idle mines in Saskatchewan
The CNSC grants a licensing exemption to approximately 80 idle uranium mines throughout Saskatchewan, Ontario and the Northwest Territories that are administered under federal mining or lands management legislation. These mines did not have milling operations on site. They are therefore similar to conventional mines since they have no associated uranium tailings.
The Bruce facility has a busy year
A planned Vacuum Building outage at Bruce B Nuclear Generating Station takes all four units off line B, but they are returned to service on schedule on October 13. Bruce Power announces a $500,000 donation for diagnostic equipment at Southampton and Owen Sound hospitals on November 17. Bruce Power is invited to conduct due diligence on the Point Lepreau Generating Station. On December 3, the company celebrates one year without an acute lost time injury. The following day, the Bruce A Restart project is recognized as one of Power Engineering magazine's Projects of the Year. In 2004, CANDU nuclear plants provide half of the electricity produced in Ontario.
The CNSC begins the re-licensing process for Pickering
CNSC staff begin the comprehensive process to review the re-licensing of the Pickering nuclear facilities for five years. This is the first of many planned nuclear power plant licence renewals and includes the operation of Pickering Unit 4, the restart of Pickering Unit 1 and the possible restart of Pickering Units 2 and 3.
Bruce A Unit 3 is synchronized to the grid to meet peak demand for power
Unit 3 of Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station is synchronized to the grid on January 8 and a new record demand (market) peak of 25,570 MW is established on January 27. A feasibility study into the restart of Units 1 and 2 is launched on January 29. An Improved Output Program boosts output on Unit 6 by 26 MW with new turbine rotors. (Source: Bruce Power)
The CNSC amends the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations
CNSC amendments to the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations (PTNSR) include and update references to the current international standards established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). As an original member state of the IAEA, Canada has been an active participant in the development of these international standards and regulations.
The Bruce facility initiates a new-fuel project
A “New Fuel Project” is initiated in March to consider the use of slightly enriched uranium fuel that incorporates a failsafe dysprosium element in the Bruce B reactors by 2008. Ontario Energy Minister Dwight Duncan visits Bruce Power and tours the site and Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station.
The CNSC initiates the Power Regulation Improvement Program
The CNSC initiates the Power Regulation Improvement Program (PRRIP) to ensure a power reactor regulation program that delivers the best possible performance for licensees and the public. The PRRIP will achieve this by examining and improving all relevant aspects of the regulation program, from planning and problem-solving to communication and management methods. The program’s goal is to facilitate the CNSC’s management of the risk to public health, safety, security and the environment arising from the operation of nuclear power reactors in Canada.
The CNSC issues a decommissioning licence for the Bruce Heavy Water Plant
The CNSC issues a decommissioning licence to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for the Bruce Heavy Water Plant located in Kincardine, Ontario. OPG begins decommissioning the plant later that year.
Dosman is appointed for a second term on the Commission Tribunal
Dr. J.A. Dosman is appointed as a member of the CNSC's Tribunal for a second term and serves until April 22, 2007.
Taylor is appointed to the Commission Tribunal
Mr. M. Taylor is appointed as a member of the CNSC's Tribunal and serves until August 8, 2005.
The CNSC begins an outreach program
Building on tools and initiatives already in place, an Outreach Program is launched to heighten public awareness and understanding of regulated nuclear activities and the CNSC’s role in protecting health, safety, security and the environment. Outreach activities undertaken in 2004–2005 include meeting with mayors in communities near nuclear facilities and with licensee boards of directors, and providing affected communities with the opportunity to participate directly during public hearings by electronic means or through visits from the Commission Tribunal.
Bruce Power is given a high safety rating
Bruce Power achieves a Level 8 safety rating from the International Safety Rating System.
The CNSC issues a decommissioning licence for Cluff Lake
The CNSC issues a uranium mine decommissioning licence to Cogema Resources Inc. for its Cluff Lake Project in northern Saskatchewan. The licence allows decommissioning of the mining facility, which consists of two underground mines, four open-pit mines, a mill, waste management systems and associated site facilities.
The CNSC implements a Values and Ethics Strategy.
Bruce marks 2005 with significant changes
Bruce Power undertakes an environmental assessment for the restart of Units 1 and 2 at the Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station in anticipation of successful negotiations with the provincial government. On March 21, Bruce Power confirms that it has reached a tentative agreement with a provincial negotiator for the restart, and that the Ontario government will consider the details of this agreement, approved in principle by Bruce Power's major partners. Bruce Power announces on October 17 that Units 1 and 2 will be restarted and Units 3 and 4 will be refurbished for $4.25 billion. A project is also started to dismantle the remaining towers at the Bruce Heavy Water Plant, which changes the skyline at Bruce. And the Municipality of Kincardine approves an Ontario Power Generation plan for deep geological storage of low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste on the Bruce Power site that is to begin in 2017 if regulatory requirements are met. (Source: Bruce Power)
Linda Keen leads the Convention on Nuclear Safety Meeting
CNSC President Linda J. Keen is elected to lead the Third Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety. The 11-day April meeting would send Ms. Keen to IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The Convention on Nuclear Safety was established on June 17, 1994. It was developed during a conference on the safety of nuclear power organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Every three years, Review Meetings are held to review reports submitted by contracting parties, as well as the subjects discussed therein. Of the 56 contracting parties, 51 attended this meeting. With India finally depositing its instrument of ratification, all states with nuclear power plants were parties to the convention. As of November 10, 2010, 72 states had signed the Convention while 11 others had not yet ratified it.
CNSC President Keen is elected to head a Convention on Nuclear Safety meeting
CNSC President Linda J. Keen is elected as President of the Third Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, marking the first time a Canadian is chosen as an executive officer for the Convention. (Source: CNSC)
The CNSC implements a values and ethics program
Tailored specifically for the CNSC, the values and ethics strategy under the theme “Helping good people do the right thing” is formally launched in March 2005. The strategy meets government requirements and reflects the spirit and intent of the draft Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (Bill C-11).
Linda J. Keen, President and CEO of the CNSC, was elected President of the Third Review Meeting of the IAEA Convention on Nuclear Safety held in Vienna, Austria.
The CNSC contributes to the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism
The CNSC contributes to the development of the Canadian government position for the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism . The CNSC is responsible for the implementation of these Conventions in Canada. (Source: CNSC)
Point Lepreau is set to be refurbished
NB Power announces that Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. will refurbish its Point Lepreau Generating Station unit.
The Honourable John McCallum, Minister responsible for nuclear matters, September 2005 – February 2006.
The IAEA delivers its verdict to Canada on safeguards
The International Atomic Energy Agency reaches a safeguards conclusion for Canada. The IAEA considers that all declared nuclear material in Canada is for peaceful, non-explosive uses. The IAEA also concludes that Canada is compliant with a new requirement in the IAEA’s policy on safeguards – that there is no undeclared nuclear material or activity in Canada.
Bruce A and Ontario reach an agreement to refurbish
The Ontario government announces an agreement with Bruce Power Inc. to proceed with refurbishment of two units at the Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station and return them to operation.
Choosing a Way Forward guides long-term management of nuclear fuel waste
After three years of study and consultation, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization submits its final report, Choosing a Way Forward , to the Minister of Natural Resources with recommendations and proposed approaches for long-term management of Canada's nuclear fuel waste. (Source: Nuclear Waste Management Office)
OPG applies to dispose waste in a deep geologic repository
The CNSC receives a letter of intent from Ontario Power Generation to prepare a site and construct a deep geologic repository (DGR) to dispose of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste on the Bruce site in Tiverton, Ontario. The DGR would also hold waste from the Bruce, Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations. (Source: CNSC)
Cluff Lake is decommissioned
Saskatchewan's Cluff Lake completes physical decommissioning.
The CNSC becomes the first G8 country to register and track high-risk sealed sources
The CNSC implements the National Sealed Source Registry and online Sealed Source Tracking System, making Canada the first G8 country with such robust registration and tracking controls for high-risk sealed sources. Together, the registry and the tracking system assure the global community of safe, secure international transfers of these sources.
The CNSC publishes a new guide for licensing power plants
The CNSC publishes an information document entitled Licensing Process for New Nuclear Power Plants in Canada , which provides an overview of this licensing process. There has been much discussion on the need for new nuclear power plants in Canada – particularly in Ontario – to meet the growing demand for electricity. The document outlines the CNSC’s expectations for all stakeholders, with emphasis on the environmental assessment process. It is a precursor to a series of regulatory documents that will need to be developed if new reactor projects are to proceed.
The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister responsible for nuclear matters, February 2006 – October 2008
The CNSC opens a site office at AECL’s Chalk River Laboratories
The CNSC opens a site office at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.’s Chalk River Laboratories to carry out on-site compliance activities, including inspections and audits. The decision to do so was made in 2005, following a risk assessment of the licensee’s activities and the extent of compliance activities required by CNSC staff. This becomes the sixth site office operated by the CNSC at one of Canada’s major nuclear facilities. Site offices enhance the regulator’s ability to deliver on its compliance activities in an effective and efficient manner.
Harvey is appointed to the Commission Tribunal
Mr. André Harvey is appointed as a member of the CNSC's Tribunal for a term ending on June 1, 2011.
Pacquet is appointed to the Commission Tribunal
Mr. J.G. Paquet is appointed as a member of the CNSC's Tribunal and serves until April 30, 2007.
Bruce Power applies to prepare a site for new reactors
The CNSC receives an application from Bruce Power to prepare a site for new nuclear reactors at its Bruce County facility. The submission – the first related to a new nuclear power plant in Canada in more than two decades – proposes up to four reactors that would generate 4,000 MW of electricity for Ontario. (Source: CNSC)
The Nuclear Security Regulations are approved
The Nuclear Security Regulations are approved to strengthen the regulatory regime for physical protection of nuclear facilities and nuclear substances in Canada.
OPG applies for a licence to prepare a site for a new reactor at Darlington
The CNSC receives an application from Ontario Power Generation for a licence to prepare a site for the potential construction of a new reactor at its Darlington site in the Municipality of Clarington, Ontario.
The CNSC strikes a committee to consult with NGOs on regulations and policy
The CNSC establishes a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Regulatory Affairs Committee to consult and communicate more effectively with NGOs about nuclear regulatory and policy matters.
The Federal Accountability Act is passed into law by Parliament
The CNSC is implementing policies, controls and procedures to meet provisions of this law, which aims to improve government transparency and accountability of operations.
The CNSC delivers a safeguards support plan to the IAEA
The CNSC delivers a comprehensive Canadian Safeguards Support Program, which provides technical support and other resources to enhance the implementation of safeguards by the CNSC and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
McClean Lake mine and mill reach a milestone in production
Areva's McClean Lake mine and mill produce their 50 millionth pound of yellowcake.
The NRC Canadian Neutron Beam Centre completes the 200th ANDI project
The Applied Neutron Diffraction for Industry (ANDI) service at the NRC Canadian Neutron Beam Centre performs proprietary measurements on a fee-for-service basis. It has enabled industrial research in sectors such as nuclear energy, aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, defence, and primary metal production.
An import and export control program is implemented for high-risk radioactive sealed sources
The CNSC implements an enhanced import and export control program for high-risk radioactive sealed sources, marking Canada's full compliance with and continued commitment to the International Atomic Energy Agency's Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources .
The Government calls for expanded consultation on high-profile regulatory initiatives
The Government of Canada's Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation comes into effect, calling for expanded stakeholder consultation on regulatory initiatives. The CNSC responds with initiatives that include higher-profile public consultation activities and an improved public Web site.
The NRU reactor sets a production record
The National Research Universal reactor sets a new six-day record for the production of molybdenum-99 (a medical isotope widely used for diagnosing heart diseases), enabling more than a million additional diagnostic scans around the world.
Canada's first neutron reflectometer is officially opened
The University of Western Ontario led a proposal supported by 12 universities to fund the construction of a neutron reflectometer in Chalk River, which was supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the Ontario Innovation Trust and the National Research Council.
The NRC unveils technology to measure the intensity of reflected radiation
The National Research Council unveils the D3 Neutron Reflectometer, the first apparatus of its kind in Canada. It is used to study materials by shining a neutron beam onto a surface and measuring the intensity of reflected radiation to learn about the surface’s unique characteristics. The National Research Universal reactor at Chalk River Laboratories supplies neutrons.
Energy Alberta applies for a licence to build reactors
The CNSC receives an application from Energy Alberta Corp. to prepare a site for the potential construction of new reactors on land adjacent to Lac Cardinal near the town of Peace River, Alberta.
The Tritium Studies Project begins
The CNSC initiates the Tritium Studies Project, which involves studies on tritium releases in Canada and international best practices of tritium processing facilities. This research will include a series of seven reports, to be completed by the end 2010, and an analysis of regulatory practices.
Amendments are made to the Nuclear Safety and Control Act
Regulations amending certain instruments made under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (Miscellaneous Program) are approved. These result in amendments to five sets of regulations under the Act and to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Rules of Procedure , to address recommendations from the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.
The Government announces the creation of the Major Projects Management Office
The Government of Canada announces the creation of the Major Projects Management Office (MPMO), a federal body that will work with other departments and agencies – including the CNSC – to review major resource projects and provide a single point of entry into the regulatory process.
A licensing concern is found at the NRU reactor in Chalk River
The CNSC discovers a licensing concern related to Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.'s National Research Universal reactor in Chalk River. The reactor had been shut down for routine maintenance at the time, with plans to restart it on November 22.
The shutdown of the NRU reactor is extended
Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. informs the CNSC it will extend the shutdown of the National Research Universal reactor to address an identified licensing concern. The reactor produces about 80% of the world's medical isotopes, leading the shutdown to cause widespread international concern about their availability for medical diagnostics and treatments.
Barriault is appointed to the Commission Tribunal
Dr. Ronald J. Barriault is appointed as a member of the CNSC's Tribunal for a term ending December 2, 2010.
The government issues the Directive to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regarding the Health of Canadians
The Government of Canada issues the Directive to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Regarding the Health of Canadians , which instructs the CNSC to consider the health of those Canadians who, for medical purposes, depend on nuclear substances from nuclear reactors.
The Government of Canada enacts Bill C-38
The Government of Canada enacts Bill C-38, An Act to Permit the Resumption and Continuation of the Operation of the National Research Universal Reactor at Chalk River . The bill overrides the CNSC's regulatory authority and allows Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. to resume operation of the National Research Universal reactor for 120 days, despite the reactor's contravention of licence conditions under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.
AECL restarts the NRU reactor
AECL restarts the National Research Universal reactor under the authority of Bill C-38 and isotope production resumes within days.
The CNSC continues to meet challenges
The CNSC strengthens operations to become more adaptable and to communicate more effectively with stakeholders. The organization clearly focuses on four key priority areas – commitment to ongoing improvements, clarity of requirements, capacity for action, and communication – and continues to reinforce them with staff and stakeholders.
The refurbishment of Gentilly-2 is announced
Hydro-Québec announces the refurbishment of Gentilly-2 Nuclear Power Plant in Bécancour, Quebec, which will extend its operation until approximately 2040.
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Recruitment objectives are met
The CNSC meets recruitment objectives to support growth in the nuclear industry.
The MPMO helps clarify requirements and regulatory efficiencies
The CNSC engages government partners through the Major Projects Management Office to clarify requirements and improve efficiency in regulating new nuclear projects such as Bruce Power's new nuclear power plant projects in Tiverton and Nanticoke, Ontario; Ontario Power Generation's new Darlington nuclear power plant project in Bowmanville, Ontario; and Ontario Power Generation's proposed deep geologic repository in Tiverton.
OPG proposes a long-term waste repository
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) proposes a Deep Geological Repository (DGR), a long-term nuclear waste facility for low- and medium level waste that would be located at the Bruce nuclear site in the municipality of Kincardine, Ontario. The OPG proposes to construct a deep rock vault in the limestone layer hundreds of metres below ground. Today, both an environmental assessment and a regulatory review are underway for a site preparation and construction licence.
Point Lepreau begins its refurbishment
New Brunswick Power begins refurbishing Point Lepreau Generating Station. Prior to the refurbishment, Point Lepreau provided up to 30% of New Brunswick’s electricity.
Keen is removed from the post of President
Ms. L.J. Keen is removed from her position as CNSC President by the Governor in Council.