A Look Ahead at 2016

What’s ahead for nuclear safety and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission this year?

January 2016

January 28

Aboriginal Engagement Requirements

Following extensive consultation, the Commission will be examining for approval REGDOC-3.2.2, Aboriginal Engagement at a public meeting in Ottawa, ON.

February 2016

February 24–26 2016

CNA Conference

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) is holding its annual conference in Ottawa, ON. CNSC President Michael Binder will be making a presentation.

March 2016

March 1

Decision on DGR

Catherine McKenna, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will decide on the fate of OPG’s deep geologic repository (DGR) project to store low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste in Tiverton, ON.

March 11

Five-Year Anniversary of the Fukushima Accident

Five years have passed since a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the coast of Japan and caused a large tsunami, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives and half a million homes. It also caused an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Here are 10 safety improvements made in Canada since the accident.

March 31 - April 1

Nuclear Security Summit

The fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. US President Obama established this event to discuss nuclear terrorism, the most immediate and extreme threat to global security. CNSC specialists will act as technical advisors to Canada’s delegation at the Summit.

April 2016

April 6 or 7

Chalk River Laboratories Hearing

The CNSC will hold a public hearing in Ottawa, ON, to consider an application from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories to extend the Chalk River Laboratories operating licence for a period of 17 months.

May 2016

May 4-5

Gentilly-2 Hearing

The CNSC will hold a public hearing in Ottawa, ON, to consider an application from Hydro-Québec for a 10-year licence to continue activities related to the preparation for the decommissioning of the Gentilly-2 Nuclear Facility, which is currently in a safe storage state.

June 2016

June 28 - August 5

World Nuclear University in Ottawa

Each year, some 80 nuclear professionals participate in the World Nuclear University Summer Institute. This year, the event is being held in the nation’s capital.

August 2016

August 17 or 18

Reporting on Nuclear Power Plants

The Commission will examine the 2015 safety performance of Canada's nuclear power plants at a public meeting in Ottawa, ON.

August 31

The CNSC Turns 70

The Atomic Energy Control Board, the CNSC’s predecessor, was established by the Atomic Energy Control Act, which received Royal Assent on August 31, 1946. Its first President, General Andrew G.L. McNaughton, was appointed on September 16.

September 2016

September 26

IAEA General Conference

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will meet in Vienna starting September 26 to hold its annual General Conference. This meeting will also be marking the 60th anniversary of the IAEA. A scientific forum will be held at the same time.

November 2016

November 9-10

Port Hope Hearing

The CNSC will hold a hearing in Port Hope, ON, to consider the relicensing of Cameco’s Port Hope Uranium Conversion Facility.