Environmental assessments under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA)

Under the NSCA, one of the CNSC’s key responsibilities is protection of the environment. To meet this responsibility, the CNSC requires the potential environmental effects of all nuclear facilities or activities to be considered and evaluated when licensing decisions are made. An EA under the NSCA is conducted for projects not listed in the Regulations Designating Physical Activities or for projects previously assessed under CEAA 2012 (or its predecessor CEAA 1992).

An EA under the NSCA is primarily based on information that the applicant or licensee is required to submit to the CNSC through the established licensing process, such as the licence application and its supporting documentation, and information on environmental protection measures. An EA under the NSCA may also be supported by additional information from research, annual environmental monitoring reports, environmental risk assessments, the CNSC’s independent environmental monitoring program (IEMP), and the CNSC’s compliance verification activities.

An EA report under the NSCA is prepared for a project or activities at the end of the licence term and for which the proposed licence renewal or amendments are not listed in those regulations. The EA report is a summary of the technical assessments for all projects or activities regulated by the CNSC that demonstrate potential interactions with the environment. This is done to ensure that the applicant or licensee will, in carrying on a licensed activity, make adequate provision for the protection of the environment and the health of persons.

Here is a list of completed EAs under the NSCA Reports with links to their executive summaries. To obtain the full copy of the EA report, contact us at cnsc.ea-ee.ccsn@canada.ca, or call 613-995-5894 or 1-800-668-5284 (in Canada). Please provide the name of the facility with your request.

Alberta

Location Licensee or Applicant Facility EA under the NSCA Report Report Date Related Commission Proceeding
Edmonton University of Alberta University of Alberta SLOWPOKE-2 Research Reactor Facility Application to Amend the University of Alberta Non-Power Reactor Operating Licence   (PDF) May 2017 Hearing - July 2017

New Brunswick

Location Licensee or Applicant Facility EA under the NSCA Report Report Date Related Commission Proceeding
Saint John County NB Power Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Application to renew the power reactor operating licence for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station  (PDF) November 2016 Public hearing, Part 1 – January 26, 2017

Public hearing, Part 2 – May 10 and 11, 2017

Ontario

Location Licensee or Applicant Facility EA under the NSCA Report Report Date Related Commission Proceeding
Ottawa Best Theratronics Ltd. Best Theratronics Ltd. facility Application to obtain a nuclear substance processing facility operating licence for Best Theratronics Ltd. (PDF) November 2013 Public hearing – May 8, 2014
Chalk River NAC International Inc. Chalk River Laboratories Transportation of highly enriched uranyl nitrate liquid from Chalk River Laboratories to the United States (PDF)
(see Appendix A)
December 2014 Public meeting  – May 16, 2013

(Read also about the Public consultation on HEUNL transport package design)

Municipality
of Kincardine
Bruce Power Inc. Bruce A and B Nuclear Generating Stations Application to renew the power reactor operating licence for the Bruce A and B Nuclear Generating Stations (PDF) February 2015 Public hearing, Part 1 – February 5, 2015

Public hearing, Part 2 – April 13 to 16, 2015

Peterborough Shield Source Inc. Shield Source Inc. nuclear processing facility Clean-up and abandonment of Shield Source Inc. (PDF) March 2015 Hearing – March 28, 2014
Pembroke SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc. SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc. facility Application to renew the nuclear substance processing facility operating licence for SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc. (PDF) March 2015 Public hearing – May 14, 2015
Bowmanville Ontario Power Generation Inc. Darlington Nuclear Generating Station Application to renew the reactor operating licence for the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (PDF) June 2015  Public hearing, Part 1 – August 19, 2015

Public hearing, Part 2 – November 2 to 5, 2015

Port Hope Cameco Corporation Port Hope Conversion Facility Application to renew the nuclear fuel facility operating  licence for the Port Hope Conversion Facility (PDF) September 2016 Public hearing – November 8 and 9, 2016
Kincardine Ontario Power Generation Inc. Western Waste Management Facility Application to renew the waste management facility operating licence for Western Waste Management Facility (PDF) December 2016 Public hearing – April 12, 2017
Pickering Ontario Power Generation Inc. Pickering Waste Management Facility Application to renew the waste management facility operating licence for Pickering Waste Management Facility (PDF) February 2017 Public hearing – April 12, 2017

Quebec

Location Licensee or Applicant Facility EA under the NSCA Report Report Date Related Commission Proceeding
Bécancour Hydro-Québec Gentilly-2 nuclear facility Application to decommission Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station and waste management facility (PDF) March 2016 Public hearing – May 5, 2016

Saskatchewan

Location Licensee or Applicant Facility EA under the NSCA Report Report Date Related Commission Proceeding
McClean Lake AREVA McClean Lake Uranium Mine and Mill Application to Renew the Uranium Mine Operating Licence for the McClean Lake Uranium Mine and Mill (PDF) February 2017 Public Hearing – June 7 and 8, 2017