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Public consultation: Environmental assessments at the CNSC

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is consulting the public on the draft regulatory document REGDOC-2.9.1, Environmental Protection: Environmental Assessments. This draft describes the CNSC’s  process for conducting environmental assessments (EAs) either under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act or the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).

Once finalized, REGDOC-2.9.1, Environmental Protection: Environmental Assessments, will be incorporated into the existing REGDOC-2.9.1, Environmental Protection: Policies, Programs and Procedures.

To review and comment on the document, visit the REGDOC-2.9.1 Web page. Please submit your feedback by June 30 2014*. Comments submitted, including names and affiliations, will be made public. 

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

Quick facts

  • An EA under the NSCA is a component of the CNSC licensing process and is carried out as part of the CNSC’s review of all licence applications.
  • In addition to regulatory requirements under the NSCA for environmental protection, the Commission must also meet the requirements of the CEAA 2012 for designated projects. In accordance with the CEAA 2012, the CNSC is now the sole federal responsible authority for conducting EAs for designated projects regulated under the NSCA and described in the Regulations Designating Physical Activities.
  • The CNSC welcomes feedback at any time on regulatory documents.

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* NOTE: The consultation period has been extended to July 30, 2014.

Contacts

Aurèle Gervais
Media and Community Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
613-996-6860
1-800-668-5284

mediarelations@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca

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