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Near Surface Disposal Facility – Update on Public Comment Period on Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The proponent for the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility Project, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), has committed to and is currently translating the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) into French. The draft EIS provides an analysis of the potential environmental effects of the project and measures to mitigate those impacts. From the time the French version of the draft EIS is made available to the public, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will relaunch the public comment period for 60 days to allow all Canadians to comment on the project in the official language of their choice. The public comment period will be open until at least August 16, 2017.

The public comment period gives members of the public, Indigenous groups, and government departments and agencies an opportunity to submit their views in writing to the CNSC on the adequacy of the information presented in the EIS, as measured against the Generic Guidelines for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (the Guidelines), and on the technical merit of the information presented. The Guidelines provide direction to the proponent and identify the information that is required in the EIS.

A revised notice will be issued once the translated version of the EIS is available, and will provide further details on the dates of the public comment period. Questions on this process can be directed 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

All comments on the draft EIS will be posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry in the language in which they are received.

Next steps

Following receipt of public comments on the draft EIS, CNSC staff will consider all submissions received in making its determination on whether the EIS is satisfactory or whether further information is required from the proponent. Should further information be required, the proponent will be requested to submit the necessary information until CNSC staff are satisfied with a final EIS. In addition, CNSC staff will provide responses to all comments received from members of the public and Indigenous groups. Following receipt of a final EIS, CNSC staff will prepare a CEAA 2012 EA report (EA report), to inform the Commission's EA decision. The EA report will be available to the public and Indigenous groups 60 days prior to the Commission's EA public hearing. Public participation will be offered through the submission of written and/or oral interventions.

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