Nuclear Power Demonstration Closure Project – Update on the Status of the Environmental Assessment Process

Public notice

The public comment period on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) Closure Project closed on February 13, 2018. A consolidated table of federal and provincial comments on the draft EIS, as well as a consolidated table of comments from members of the public, Indigenous groups and non-governmental organizations, has been submitted to the project proponent, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), for action. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has also identified a number of areas where additional information is required for both the final EIS and other technical supporting documentation.

CNL is currently addressing all comments received, as well as the CNSC's requests for information. CNL has indicated that additional time is required to complete these deliverables. As a result, the final EIS, originally expected in June 2018, and the public hearing, which had been tentatively planned for December 2018, will be delayed. A revised timeline for project deliverables will be made available to the public once finalized.

For more information on the timeline amendment, read CNL's news release.

As the review proceeds, CNSC staff will continue to engage with Indigenous peoples and the public on the project. For the latest information on the NPD Closure Project and the environmental assessment process, visit the CNSC and Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry websites.

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