Public Notice
Joint Review Panel Issues Public Hearing Schedule for
Deep Geologic Repository Project

August 26, 2014 - The Joint Review Panel for the Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste (DGR) has released the schedule of presenters for the additional public hearing days.

The public hearing will begin on Tuesday September 9, 2014, at 9:00 am at the Royal Canadian Legion, 219 Lambton Street, Kincardine, Ontario. Any person may attend the public hearing as an observer.

The public hearing will give scheduled participants the opportunity to provide their views in relation to one or more of the six subjects addressed in the information requests issued by the Panel since November 2013.

Time permitting and at the discretion of the Panel, members of the public who are not scheduled to make an oral presentation may be given the opportunity to make a brief oral statement on one or more of the six hearing subjects.

A daily agenda containing the list of presenters will be available each hearing day. Two sessions will be held each day, one in the morning (9:00 a.m. to 12:30p.m.) and one in the afternoon (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Modifications to the schedule will be reflected on the daily agenda, where possible.

As detailed in the Amended Public Hearing Procedures, the six subjects that will be addressed over the course of the hearing days are the following:

  • Methodology used to determine the significance of adverse environmental effects
  • Updates to the geoscientific verification plan
  • Expansion plans for the DGR project
  • Relative risk analysis of alternative means of carrying out the project
  • Implications of revisions to the reference waste inventory
  • Applicability of recent incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to the safety case for the DGR project

The public hearing will be webcast live through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission website at . Simultaneous translation of the oral proceedings will be available in French and English.

Documents submitted or generated as part of the review are considered public and posted on the online public registry at, reference number 17520.Written transcripts will be posted to the DGR public registry as soon as they are available each day.

If you have any questions about the review process or the public hearing, contact:

  • 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
  • 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

Within 90 days of the close of the review record, the Joint Review Panel will submit an environmental assessment report to the federal Minister of the Environment outlining its conclusions, rationale and recommendations. Subject to the Government of Canada's decision, the Panel may then be authorized to make a decision on the application for a Licence to Prepare a Site and Construct the DGR.

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