Blind River Refinery

Cameco Corporation (Cameco) owns and is licensed to operate the Blind River Refinery, located in Blind River, Ontario. The CNSC has full-time, dedicated staff who periodically perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.

Facility Information

Aerial view of Cameco's Blind River Refinery

Aerial view of Cameco's Blind River Refinery

Location: Blind River, Ontario
Licensee: Cameco Corporation
Status: Operating
Licence issued: March 1, 2012
Licence expires: February 28, 2022
Start of commercial operation: 1983

Licensing documentation: Request a copy of Cameco's Blind River Refinery licence and licence condition handbook by email

The facility refines uranium concentrates (yellowcake) from uranium mines around the world including northern Saskatchewan to produce uranium trioxide (UO3), an intermediate product of the nuclear fuel cycle. The UO3 is then shipped the Port Hope Conversion Facility for further processing.

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Operating Performance of the Blind River Refinery

The CNSC produces an annual report on the performance of uranium fuel cycle and processing facilities, which includes the Blind River Refinery. The report provides information on events, facility modifications, and areas of increased regulatory focus. It also tracks data on:

  • public and worker radiation dose
  • lost-time incidents for workers
  • environmental monitoring results
  • environmental reportable spills and corrective actions taken
  • current financial guarantees for future decommissioning costs

Read the report to learn about the operating performance of the Blind River Refinery.

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