The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and radioactive materials to protect the health, safety and security of people and the environment, including setting regulatory limits on radiation exposures. The regulatory limit for a member of the public is 1 milliSievert (1 mSv) per year.
The average natural background radiation dose received by Canadians is about 1.8 mSv per year.
A recent generic study was conducted to determine the potential exposure to individuals along transportation routes using the Used Fuel Transportation Package. The study considered individuals including residents living along or in the vicinity of the transport route, people sharing the transport route, and people at rest stops along the route. The annual dose to these people is expected to be lower than the regulatory public dose limit.
As part of the package and transportation certification and licensing process, and before any shipment of used nuclear fuel is authorized by the regulator, we will have to demonstrate that radiation levels from the package will be below the regulatory limit for transport packages.
Transportation Regulations and OversightSafe ContainmentGeneric Transportation Dose Assessment Study
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