Regulatory action – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and associated regulations, various levels of regulatory action can be taken by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment.

2018

June 21, 2018

Update on the request for information for CNL

CNL has provided the required information to the CNSC and has satisfied the terms of the regulatory request for information. CNSC staff now consider this matter closed.

May 14, 2018

Regulatory action issued to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has issued a request for information, pursuant to subsection 12(2) of the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations, to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL). This request was issued after CNL informed CNSC staff that it was pursuing alternative solutions for water management at the Port Granby Site. These alternatives include the installation of additional storage tanks, procurement of a temporary water treatment unit, and a possible planned release of untreated water at Port Granby Site.

The licensee was instructed to conduct an analysis of the mitigation and compensatory measures under consideration. The licensee has responded to the request and CNSC staff are in the process of reviewing the response.

The CNSC requires these measures in order to protect the health and safety of workers, the public and the environment.

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2017

September 15, 2017

Update on regulatory action issued to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

On September 15, 2017, the CNSC confirmed that Canadian Nuclear Laboratories had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued on July 7. The corrective measures implemented by the company were reviewed and found to be satisfactory by CNSC staff.

July 13, 2017

Order issued to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Limited

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced that it issued an order on July 7, 2017 to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL). The order was issued following a CNSC field inspection at the company’s Port Hope, Ontario location. The inspection occurred as a result of an event reported by the licensee indicating an uncontrolled release of untreated water from a collection pond on the Port Hope Project’s licensed site. The inspection identified deficiencies in CNL’s emergency preparedness for offsite releases and contingency planning for storing untreated water.

The order requires the licensee to ensure its emergency preparedness measures are available to mitigate accidental releases of untreated water from the licensed site. The licensee must also review its water management plans and program, to ensure adequate storage capacity is available to prevent the release of radiological and nuclear and/or hazardous substances from the licensed site.

The CNSC requires these measures to protect the health and safety of workers, the public and the environment.

Read the order (PDF)

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