Global First Power Micro Modular Reactor Project

Global First Power Micro Modular Reactor Project timeline

Global First Power Micro Modular Reactor Project timeline

Timelines related to the licence application and the environmental assessment (EA) review for the proposed micro modular reactor (MMR) project from Global First Power (GFP)

March 20, 2019 GFP submission of licence application to prepare site

July 15, 2019 Notice of Commencement of an EA

July 15, 2019 Public comments invited on project description

January 27, 2020 Notice of Participant Funding Offering (1)

June 2020 Commission hearing on the scope of the EA

To be confirmed Commission hearing on the scope of the EA

To be confirmed Record of Decision on the scope of the EA

To be confirmed Notice of Participant Funding Offering (2)

To be confirmed GFP submission of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and licensing documentation

To be confirmed CNSC and federal/provincial technical review of draft EIS and licensing documentation

To be confirmed Public comments invited on draft EIS

To be confirmed CNSC open houses

To be confirmed GFP submission of final EIS and licensing documentation

To be confirmed Notice of Participant Funding Offering (3)

To be confirmed CNSC staff licensing Commission member document (CMD) and EA report available for public review

To be confirmed Public intervention deadline

To be confirmed EA and licensing Commission hearing

To be confirmed Commission decision announcement

Global First Power Micro Modular Reactor Project timeline Global First Power Micro Modular Reactor Project timeline Timelines related to the licence application and the environmental assessment (EA) review for the proposed micro modular reactor (MMR) project from Global First Power (GFP) March 20, 2019GFP submission of licence application to prepare site July 15, 2019 Notice of Commencement of an EA July 15, 2019 Public comments invited on project description January 27, 2020 Notice of Participant Funding Offering (1) June 2020Commission hearing on the scope of the EA To be confirmed Record of Decision on the scope of the EA To be confirmed Notice of Participant Funding Offering (2) To be confirmed GFP submission of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and licensing documentation To be confirmed CNSC and federal/provincial technical review of draft EIS and licensing documentation To be confirmed Public comments invited on draft EIS To be confirmed CNSC open houses To be confirmedGFP submission of final EIS and licensing documentation To be confirmedNotice of Participant Funding Offering (3) To be confirmedCNSC staff licensing Commission member document (CMD) and EA report available for public review To be confirmed Public intervention deadline To be confirmedEA and licensing Commission hearing To be confirmed Commission decision announcement

About the project

GFP is seeking CNSC approval for a licence to prepare the site for a MMR at the Chalk River Laboratories site in Renfrew County, Ontario, approximately 200 km northwest of Ottawa.

The proposed project includes a nuclear plant that contains an MMR high-temperature gas-cooled reactor to provide process heat to an adjacent plant via molten salt. This MMR would produce approximately 15 megawatts (thermal) of process heat to generate electrical power and/or heat over an operating life span of 20 years.

CNSC authorization is required in the form of a licence issued under subsection 24(2) of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA) in order for the project to proceed. However, an EA is required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) before the Commission can make an NSCA licensing decision.

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About the environmental assessment

Because this project was initiated under the CEAA 2012 andled by the CNSC, the EA will continue under this process. The Impact Assessment Act,which came into force August 28, 2019, contains provisions that allow projects to continue this way.

An EA under the CEAA 2012 is a planning and decision-making tool. Its objectives are to minimize or avoid adverse environmental effects before they occur and incorporate environmental factors into decision-making.

An EA decision affirming that the proposed activities will not cause significant adverse environmental effects is required before the CNSC can make a licensing decision on this proposal. The EA will consider all phases of the project that require a licence. This includes site preparation, construction, operation and decommissioning.

As part of the EA, GFP is also required to provide details about the alternative means – the various technically and economically feasible options – that were assessed for carrying out the proposed project. Note that the CNSC does not prescribe the selection method for new reactor technologies. However, it has a mandate to ensure that the technology proposed by the licensee or applicant does not pose a risk to the public or the environment.

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About the CNSC’s review of the proposed project

CNSC staff will undertake a review of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) pursuant to the CEAA 2012, and conduct a licensing review pursuant to the NSCA and its associated regulations. As responsible authority for conducting the EA, CNSC will work with other federal and provincial departments to verify the EIS and technical supporting documentation. Complete licensing and EIS submissions are required before CNSC can complete its assessment and proceed with public hearings.

About participation opportunities

Indigenous peoples, members of the public and stakeholders will have several opportunities to provide feedback on the project. The draft EIS will be available for comment once it has been submitted by GFP. All questions and comments received during the public comment period must be addressed by GFP as part of its final EIS. Following the receipt of a complete licensing submission and final EIS, CNSC assessment of the licence application and the EA report will be available to Indigenous peoples, members of the public and stakeholders in a Commission member document at least 60 days prior to the Commission’s public hearing. Indigenous peoples, members of the public and stakeholders will also have the opportunity to participate in the hearing through written submissions and/or oral interventions.

In addition, throughout the EA and licensing process, CNSC staff will engage with key communities within the regional project area through open houses, information booths at community events and webinars, and by providing status updates through our project distribution list.

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