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Public Notice
End of Comment Period on Environmental Impact Statement and Licence Application for Deep Geologic Repository Project

April 25, 2013 – The Joint Review Panel for the Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste (DGR) today announced that it has set a deadline of May 24, 2013 to receive public comments on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and documents in support of the application for a Licence to Prepare Site and Construct, submitted by Ontario Power Generation.

The EIS and licence application documents are intended to examine the potential environmental effects of all phases of the project and address all requirements for the Licence to Prepare a Site and Construct the DGR.

The Panel initiated a public comment period on the EIS and licence application documentation in February 2012. The end date of the comment period was extended as a result of requests by the Panel for additional information from Ontario Power Generation.

The public is invited to submit comments on the EIS, the application for a Licence to Prepare a Site and the additional information received from Ontario Power Generation since February 2012 in response to questions from the Panel.

The documents in relation to the review are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference number 17520.

Please forward written comments in either official language to the Panel by mail, email or fax to the attention of either or both Panel Co-Managers by May 24, 2013. Documents submitted or generated as part of the review will be posted on the online public registry for the project.

  • Debra Myles, Panel Co-Manager
    c/o Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
    Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 613-957-0626 or 1-866-582-1884
    Email: DGR.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
  • Kelly McGee, Panel Co-Manager
    c/o Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
    PO Box 1046, Station B
    280 Slater Street
    Ottawa ON K1P 5S9
    Tel.: 613-947-3710
    Fax: 613-995-5086
    Email: OPG-DGR@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca

When the Panel determines that the information adequately responds to the EIS Guidelines, the Panel will announce the public hearing for the project. The public will be notified 90 days prior to the start of the hearing and will be provided with instructions on how they may participate.

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