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Near Surface Disposal Facility Project

The Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) is a proposed engineered disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste planned for the Chalk River Laboratories site (CRL). 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.

The Near Surface Disposal Facility is planned to have an operating life of at least 50 years and as proposed, would be an engineered mound built at near-surface level on the CRL site. The engineered mound would be cellular, made up of multiple disposal cells consisting of:

  • base liner and final cover systems
  • leachate collection and leak detection systems
  • environmental monitoring systems

The proposed project would also include:

  • a wastewater treatment plant
  • supporting infrastructure, such as a truck wheel wash, vehicle monitoring and weighing stations, work stations and change facilities, security systems to monitor access and egress, construction trailers, and marine containers or tents for storage of construction materials

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, CNL's proposal requires approval by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and involves an amendment to the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) Nuclear Research and Test Establishment Operating Licence. An environmental assessment (EA) conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 is required, and an EA decision affirming that the proposed activities will not cause significant adverse environmental effects, before the CNSC can make a licensing decision on this proposal.


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This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given project.

 

Latest update

October 16, 2018 - The timelines in Appendix A of the Administrative Protocol between Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and the CNSC for the Near Surface Disposal Facility Project have been updated to clarify the environmental assessment (EA), licensing and public hearing processes for the review of the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) project. CNL has indicated that they require additional time to address information requests (IRs) received on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) from the federal and provincial authorities as well as from Indigenous groups and members of public. Given that there are no firm time commitments for receipt of CNL's completed responses, or for the remainder of the regulatory process, Appendix A has been revised to clarify the milestones remaining in the EA and licensing processes and the current focus of obtaining a complete submission of information. The required timelines for the federal and provincial authorities to complete their reviews remain the same. More information is available here.

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  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • 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

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