Joint Review Panel hearing
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The Joint Review Panel hearing, being held in Kincardine, has been extended.

The panel is looking into Ontario Power Generation (OPG)'s proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for low- and intermediate-level waste at the Bruce Nuclear site in Kincardine.

The hearing is currently midway through its third week at the Kincardine Legion, wrapping up Saturday, Oct. 5, before moving to The Plex in Port Elgin next week, beginning Monday, Oct. 7.

A press release, sent out Tuesday by media contact Lucille Jamault, states that the panel has decided that the session on licensing, permits and authorizations will no longer be held Oct. 8. In order to dedicate more time to this topic, this session will be held Oct. 28-30 at The Plex in Port Elgin.

The panel has decided that the Oct. 7 session will continue the discussion of public health, and the Oct. 10 session will be focused on the topic of willing-host community. No session will be held Saturday, October 12. A revised schedule of presenters for Week 4 of the hearing (Oct. 7-11) will be released by the panel as soon as it is finalized.

The live webcast of the public hearing can be accessed through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission website at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca  . Written transcripts are being posted to the public registry at www.ceaa.gc.ca  as soon as they are available each day. Simultaneous translation of the oral proceedings is available in French and English.

Documents submitted or generated as part of the review, including the hearing schedule and hearing procedures, are considered public and posted on the on-line public registry at www.ceaa.gc.ca , Reference No. 17520.

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

  • Debra Myles, panel co-manager
    c/o Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
    Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
    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
    Email: OPG-DGR@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca


Within 90 days of the close of the review record, the Joint Review Panel will submit an Environmental Assessment report to the federal environment minister, 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.

The morning and afternoon sessions Wednesday (Oct. 2) focus on Lake Huron.

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