REGDOC-3.5.1: Licensing Process for Class I nuclear facilities and uranium mines and mills: Text Equivalent

Appendix A

Figure 1. Licensing process for Class I nuclear facilities and uranium mines and mills

Figure 1 is a high-level process diagram depicting process for obtaining a licence for a Class I nuclear facility or uranium mine and mill. The diagram reads from top to bottom. On each side of the process diagram is a double pointed arrow that goes from the top to the bottom of the figure. The arrow on the left is labelled “Ongoing public and Aboriginal involvement”. The arrow on the right is labelled “Environmental monitoring”. The first box of the process is centred at the top of the figure.

First box

First box is labelled “Licence application”. There is a letter “A” in brackets beside the box indicating there is explanatory text located below the figure. The text reads: “(A) The scope of the licence application determines the complexity of the review by CNSC staff and the Commission (see section 8 of this document for more information). If the environmental assessment takes place at the same time as the regulatory review of the application, it will be presented to the Commission for decision at Part 1 of the hearing.”

(leads down and slightly to the right to the second box “Environmental assessment”…)

Second box

The second box is slightly to the right of centre between the first and third boxes. It is labelled “Environmental assessment”.

(leads down and back to the center to the third box “Technical assessment by CNSC staff”…)

Third box

Third box is labelled “Technical assessment by CNSC staff”.

(leads to fourth box “Commission review”…)

Fourth box

The fourth box is labelled “Commission review

(leads to fifth box “One- or two-part hearing”…)

Fifth box

The fifth box is labelled “One or two-part hearing”. There is a letter “B” in brackets beside the box indicating there is explanatory text located below the figure. The text reads: “(B) The applicant and CNSC staff present their submissions to the Commission at the public hearing, which is open to the public and broadcast on the CNSC’s website. The public and Aboriginal groups are also encouraged to present their views on the application to the Commission.
Submissions that are filed with the CNSC for public hearings are called Commission Member Documents. For more details, see CNSC regulatory document G-379, Guide for Applicants and Intervenors: Writing CNSC Commission Member Documents Footnote 1.

(leads to sixth box “Licence decision”…)

Sixth box

The sixth box is labelled “Licence decision”. There is a letter “C” in brackets beside the box indicating there is explanatory text located below the figure. The text reads: “(C) Following the hearing, the Commission deliberates and renders a decision. The CNSC issues the Commission’s decision on the granting of the licence. The Commission's decision and its reasons for decision are usually published within six weeks of the conclusion of the hearing.”

Appendix B.1

Figure 2. Licensing timeline for Class IA nuclear facilities

This is a bar chart depicting a nine-year timeline for licensing, from the initial application to a licence to operate. It is set up like a table and it reads from left to right. Major activities in the licensing of a new Class I facility are listed on the left. On the right are nine columns, one for each year of the timeline, and are labelled “Year 1” through to “Year 9”.

First row

The first row is labelled “Ongoing public and Aboriginal involvement in the licensing process” There is a bar starting at “Year 1” and ending at “Year 9”indicating that this activity is ongoing throughout the licensing process.

Second row to fifth row: There are four activities included under the heading of “Licence to prepare site (LTPS)”.

Second row

The first activity under LTPS is “Applicant submits project description, application for LTPS and all required submissions”. The application is submitted at the start of Year 1.

Third row

The second activity under LTPS is “Regulatory review of application for LTPS”. There is a bar indicating this activity starts at the beginning of Year 1 and finishes 18 months later in the middle of Year 2.

Fourth row

The third activity under LTPS is “Commission issues LTPS”. There is a bar indicating this activity starts in the middle of Year 2 and finishes 6 months later at the end of Year 2.

Fifth row

The fourth activity under LTPS is “Applicant prepares site”. There is a bar indicating this activity starts at the beginning of Year 3 and finishes two years later at the end of Year 4.

Sixth row to ninth row: There are four activities included under the heading of “Licence to construct (LTC)”.

Sixth row

The first activity under LTC is “Applicant submits application for LTC and all required submissions”. The application is submitted at the beginning of Year 3 which is also when the licensee would start preparing the site.

Seventh row

The second activity under LTC is “Regulatory review of application for LTC”. There is a bar indicating this activity starts at the beginning of Year 3 and finishes 26 months later in Year 5.

Eighth row

The third activity under LTC is “Commission issues licence to construct”. There is a bar indicating this activity starts in Year 5 and finishes six months later, still in Year 5.

Ninth row

The fourth activity under LTC is “Applicant constructs facility and begins commissioning”. There is a bar indicating this activity begins at the end of Year 5 and finishes four years later at the end of Year 9.

Tenth row to twelfth row: There are three activities included under the heading of “Licence to operate (LTO)”.

Tenth row

The first activity under LTO is “Applicant submits application for LTO and all required submissions”. The application is be submitted at the beginning of Year 8.

Eleventh row

The second activity under LTO is “Regulatory review of application for LTO and commissioning results”. There is a bar indicating this activity starts at the beginning of Year 8 and finishes18 months later mid-way through Year 9.

Twelfth row

The third activity under LTO, and the final row in the figure, is “Commission issues licence to operate” There is a bar indicating this activity starts mid-way through Year 9 and finishes six months later at the end of Year 9.

Appendix B.2

Figure 3. Licensing timeline for Class IB nuclear facilities

This is a bar chart depicting a seven-year timeline for licensing, from the initial application to a licence to operate. It is set up like a table and it reads from left to right. Major activities in the licensing of a new Class IB facility are listed on the left. On the right are seven columns, one for each year of the timeline, and are labelled “Year 1” through to “Year 7”.

First row

The first row is labelled “Ongoing public and aboriginal involvement in the licensing process” There is a bar from the start of Year 1 to the end of Year 7 indicating that this activity is ongoing throughout the licensing process.

Second Row to Fifth Row: There are four activities included under the heading of “Licence to prepare site (LTPS)”.

Second row

The first activity under LTPS is “Applicant submits project description, application for LTPS and all required submissions”. The application is submitted at the start of Year 1.

Third row

The second activity under LTPS is “Regulatory review of application for LTPS”. There is a bar indicating this activity starts at the beginning of Year 1 and finishes 18 months later in the middle of Year 2

Fourth row

The third activity under LTPS is “Commission issues LTPS”  There is a bar indicating this activity starts in the middle of Year 2 and finishes six months later at the end of Year 2.

Fifth row

The fourth activity under LTPS is “Applicant prepares site”. There is a bar indicating this activity starts at the beginning of Year 3 and finishes 12 months later at the end of Year 3.

Sixth row to ninth row:  There are four activities included under the heading of “Licence to construct (LTC)”.

Sixth row

The first activity under LTC is “Applicant submits application for LTC and all required submissions”. The application is submitted at the beginning of Year 3.

Seventh row

The second activity under LTC is “Regulatory review of application for LTC”. There is a bar indicating this activity starts at the beginning of Year 3 and finishes 18 months later in the middle of Year 4.

Eighth row

The third activity under LTC is “Commission issues LTC”. There is a bar indicating this activity starts in the middle of Year 4 and finishes six months later at the end of Year 4.

Ninth row

The fourth activity under LTC is “Applicant constructs facility and begins commissioning”. There is a bar indicating that this activity starts at the beginning of Year 5 and finishes 18 months later in the middle of Year 6.

Tenth row to twelfth row: There are three activities included under the heading of “Licence to operate (LTO)”

Tenth row

The first activity under LTO is “Applicant submits application for LTO and all required submissions”. The application is submitted at the beginning of Year 6.

Eleventh row

The second activity under LTO is “Regulatory review of application for LTO and commissioning results”. There is a bar indicating that this activity starts at the beginning of Year 6 and finishes 14 months later in Year 7.

Twelfth row

The third activity under LTO, and the final row in the figure, is “Commission issues licence to operate” which starts in Year 7 and finishes six months later, still in Year 7.

Appendix B.3

Figure 4. Licensing timeline for uranium mines and mills

This is a bar chart depicting a seven-year timeline for licensing, from the initial application to a licence to operate. It is set up like a table and it reads from left to right. Major activities in the licensing of a new mine or mill are listed on the left. On the right are seven columns nine columns, one for each year of the timeline, and are labelled “Year 1” through to “Year 7”.

First row

The first row is labelled “Ongoing public and aboriginal involvement in the licensing process” There is a bar starting from the start of Year 1 to Year 8indicating that this activity is ongoing throughout the licensing process.

Second row to fifth row: There are four activities included under the heading of “Licence to prepare site and construct (LTPS&C)”

Second row

The first activity under LTPS&C is “Applicant submits project description, application for LTPS&C and all required submissions”. The application is submitted at the start of Year 1.

Third row

The second activity under LTPS&C is “Regulatory review of application for LTPS&C”. There is a bar indicating that this activity starts at the beginning of Year 1 and finishes 18 months later in the middle of Year 2.

Fourth row

The third activity under LTPS&C is “Commission issues LTPS&C”. There is a bar indicating that this activity starts in the middle of Year 2 and finishes 6 months later at the end of Year 2.

Fifth row

The fourth activity under LTPS&C is “Applicant prepares site, constructs and completes commissioning”. There is a bar indicating that this activity starts at the beginning of Year 3 and finishes 3 and a half years later in the middle of Year 6.

Sixth row to eighth row:  There are four activities included under the heading of “Licence to operate (LTO)”.

Sixth row

The first activity under LTO is “Applicant submits application for LTO and all required submissions”. The application is submitted at the beginning of Year 6.

Seventh row

The second activity under LTO is “Regulatory review of application for LTO”. There is a bar indicating that this activity starts at the beginning of Year 6 and finishes 14 months later in Year 7.

Eighth row

The third activity under LTO is “Commission issues LTO”. There is a bar indicating that this activity starts in Year 7 and finishes 6 months later near the end of Year 7.

References

Footnote 1

CNSC, G-379, Guide for Applicants and Intervenors: Writing CNSC Commission Member Documents, 2012.

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