No. We are committed to meeting or exceeding all regulatory standards and requirements for protecting the health, safety, and security of workers, the public and the environment. Safety is our number one priority.
The deep geological repository must be licensed by Canada's nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The licensing process is very detailed and covers 14 separate topics associated with safety such as radiation protection, emergency preparedness, environmental protection, and equipment fitness for service.
The CNSC assesses licence applications to ensure:
Safety measures are technically and scientifically sound;
All requirements are met; and
The appropriate safety systems are in place to protect workers, the public and the environment.
We will need to demonstrate that regulatory requirements in the safety areas will be met for each phase of the project before it can move ahead.
Safety and control areas the CNSC evaluatesRegulatory Oversight
In addition to the regulations under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and other associated nuclear regulations, we will need to comply with other provincial regulations such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act to promote and provide a robust safety culture for workers.
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