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Technical Information Session on Environmental Impact Statement and Licence Application for Deep Geologic Repository Project

On June 13, 2012, the Joint Review Panel for the Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste (DGR) invited the public to attend a technical information session on July 18, 2012 in Ottawa, regarding the proposed design, construction and operational details relating to the DGR.

The objective of the full day session is for the Panel to obtain additional information on the sequencing of specific site preparation, construction and operational activities of the DGR, as well as specific information on such matters as blasting, backfill, and mine water management. This information is needed to satisfy the requirements of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines issued by government for the DGR. The session is not the venue for the testing of information already on the record.

The technical information session will be held:

Date Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Location Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Public Hearing Room
14th Floor, 280 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Time 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The session will be webcast live via the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Web site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca and the archived webcast will be available on that site. Transcripts of the proceedings will be posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa.gc.ca, reference number 06-05-17520.

The public is encouraged to attend the technical information session in person or to access the webcast. Although the public and media will not have an opportunity to ask questions during the session, follow-up questions may be sent to the Panel for its consideration.

The Joint Review Panel has directed both Ontario Power Generation and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to make presentations at the technical information session. Presentation topics will include the timing of land-disturbing activities and the installation of specific project components.

The technical information session is being held during the review and comment period on the DGR EIS and Application for a Licence to Prepare Site and Construct. Note that the end date of this review and comment period, which was originally scheduled for August 3, 2012, has been extended to accommodate the time required for Ontario Power Generation to respond to information requests from the Panel. The new comment period deadline will be announced at a later date.

To be kept informed of the panel review process and ongoing activities, send an email to DGR.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca and ask to be added to the interested parties distribution list.

About the Project

The DGR is a proposal by Ontario Power Generation to prepare a site, and construct and operate a facility for the long-term management of low and intermediate level radioactive waste at the Bruce Nuclear site, within the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario. Low level radioactive waste consists of industrial items that have become contaminated during routine clean up and maintenance activities at nuclear generating stations. Intermediate level radioactive waste consists primarily of used nuclear reactor components, ion-exchange resins, and filters used to purify reactor systems. Used nuclear fuel will not be stored or managed in the DGR.

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