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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is seeking comments from the public on the revised project description for the Near Surface Disposal Facility Project (PDF, 2.39Mb), which is a proposed engineered disposal facility for radioactive waste planned for the Chalk River Laboratories site (CRL). Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has provided a revised project description, allowing for the NSDF to accept a small amount of intermediate-level waste and mixed waste, opposed to solely low-level waste. All waste to be disposed at the NSDF will be required to meet the waste acceptance criteria established to assure compliance with operational and long-term safety requirements.

Comments should be based on local, regional or traditional knowledge of the site or surrounding environment, or should provide any other relevant information that may help with the conduct of the environmental assessment (EA). All comments received will be considered public.

Written comments must be submitted by November 18th, 2016 to:

Nicole Frigault
Environmental Assessment Specialist
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
P.O. Box 1046 Station B
280 Slater Street
Ottawa ON  K1P 5S9
Telephone: 613-995-7948 or 1-800-668-5284
Fax: 613-995-5086
Email: cnsc.ea-ee.ccsn@canada.ca

Following receipt of public comments on the project description, the Commission will determine the scope of the factors to be considered in the EA. The proponent, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, will then be required to provide to the CNSC an environmental impact statement (EIS) for review. An EIS is a report written by a proponent that presents the technical studies and findings of an EA. The CNSC's Generic Guidelines for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (PDF, 732Kb) provide general instructions on the preparation and information requirements that must be included in the EIS, in order to comply with CEAA 2012 requirements.

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