Nuclear facility - Blind River Refinery
The Blind River Refinery refines uranium concentrates, also known as yellowcake, to produce uranium trioxide (UO3), which is a product of the nuclear fuel cycle. The UO3 is then shipped the Port Hope Conversion Facility for further processing.
|Location:||Blind River, Ontario|
|Facility type:||Uranium refinery|
|Licence issued:||March 1, 2012|
|Licence expires:||February 28, 2022|
|Start of operation:||1983|
|Licensing documentation:||Request a copy of the Blind River Refinery’s licence and licence conditions handbook by email at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Facility website:||Blind River Refinery|
The Commission is an independent administrative tribunal set up at arm’s length from government, without ties to the nuclear industry. Use the links below to find documents related to Commission meetings or hearings.
- April 13, 2022: Record of Decision - Cameco Corporation - Application to Renew the Class IB Fuel Facility Licence for Cameco Corporation’s Blind River Refinery
- March 8, 2021: Notice of Public Hearing and Participant Funding – Cameco Corporation – Application for the renewal of the licence for the Blind River Refinery – Ref. 2021-H-09
- September 30, 2020: Application from Cameco Corporation for the renewal of the licence for the Blind River Refinery
The CNSC posts regulatory enforcement actions taken to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment. Use the links below to find out more about any orders or penalties that have been placed on this licensee, if any.
- No regulatory actions
Licensees must report events and incidents involving licensed activities that could impact the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment to the CNSC. Use the links below to find any information provided by this licensee, if any, as well as other public disclosures made by licensees.
Protecting Canadians and the environment
The CNSC uses information provided by licensees to create our own reports assessing the environmental effects of nuclear facilities or licensed activities.
- CNSC’s environmental monitoring: Independent environmental monitoring results collected by the CNSC
- Environmental protection review (EPR) Report: Blind River Refinery
- Cameco Corporation’s environmental monitoring
- Environmental risk assessment: Email email@example.com to request a copy
- Blind River environmental incidents
- Federal, provincial and municipal monitoring programs: List of monitoring programs managed by other levels of government
- Radionuclide releases: Nuclear processing facilities dataset in the Open Government catalogue for information on releases from this facility
Health and safety
The CNSC oversees licensee emergency planning and works with other levels of government to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We also conduct and review health studies on various areas associated with the production, possession or use of nuclear substances.
- CNSC health studies on Canadian nuclear facilities: Relevant health studies of nuclear reactors regulated by the CNSC
- Regulatory oversight report - Uranium and nuclear substance processing facilities
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