Regulatory action – Porocel of Canada, Ltd

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.


January 25, 2015

Update on regulatory action issued to Porocel of Canada, Ltd

On January 25, 2016, the CNSC confirmed that Porocel of Canada, Ltd had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued on December 17, 2015. The corrective measures implemented by the company were reviewed and found to be satisfactory by CNSC staff.


December 17, 2015

Order to Porocel of Canada, Ltd

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced it had issued an order to Porocel of Canada, Ltd, a company based in Medicine Hat, AB that provides products and services to the refining and petrochemical industries. The company holds a CNSC licence authorizing the possession and use of nuclear substances in fixed gauges used to monitor operations at its plant.

The order was issued after an audit conducted by the company, triggered by a CNSC inspection on December 3, 2015, identified that the company’s workers had used a procedure that the CNSC had not authorized when they partially entered a vessel fitted with a nuclear gauge.

The order requires Porocel of Canada, Ltd to immediately cease any activities requiring entry into a vessel or hopper fitted with a radiation device until the company has conducted a full investigation of all vessel entries, including radiation dose estimates; retrained its workers; and effectively implemented a radiation protection program.

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