Schedule set for final three days of Joint Review Panel hearing
into OPG's DGR project

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The schedule has been set for the final three days of the Joint Review Panel hearing into Ontario Power Generation (OPG)'s proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste at the Bruce Nuclear site in the Municipality of Kincardine.

The initial four weeks of extensive testimony (three weeks in Kincardine and one week in Port Elgin) wrapped up
Oct. 11. The hearing is set to continue Monday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at The Plex in Port Elgin, and will run Tuesday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday's session will focus on licensing, while Tuesday's will be on environmental protection, and the final day of the hearing, Wednesday, will deal with management systems.

Wednesday will include an in-camera session (closed to the public) from 9-10 a.m., and the panel will be making its closing remarks at the end of that day.

For a detailed schedule, click here.

Meanwhile, the Joint Review Panel is committed to offering the proponent (OPG) and all registered hearing participants an opportunity to make closing remarks, following the public hearing.

The panel has determined that it will receive closing remarks in writing from the proponent and registered hearing participants as detailed below:

  • The provision of written closing remarks is at the discretion of the proponent and hearing participants and is not required from any party
  • Written closing remarks are to summarize the position and/or the opinions of the proponent or registered participant on the proposed DGR project or any aspect of the review, and to provide support for this position based on information that has already been presented to the panel
  • New information may not be presented in the closing remarks submission
  • Written closing remarks that do not follow these instructions will not be accepted
  • Written closing remarks by registered hearing participants shall be limited to a maximum of 10 typed, letter-sized pages; 20 days' notice will be provided for the submission of written closing remarks to the panel
  • A notice advising hearing participants of the exact due date for receipt of closing remarks will be provided by the panel at a later date. 


  • Closing remarks that do not meet the submission deadline will not be accepted
  • Written closing remarks will also be accepted from the proponent - OPG will have 30 days' notice to submit written closing remarks of up to 50 typed, letter-sized pages to the panel
  • Written closing remarks must be received by E-mail, fax, courier or other means by the submission deadline at:
    OPG-DGR@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca or Joint Review Panel Secretariat DGR, c/o Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, P.O. Box 1046, Station B, 280 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5S9

For more information, click here.

Following receipt of the closing remarks, the panel will confer with regard to the information received throughout the review. 

Once the panel decides that it has obtained all of the information it requires, the record will be closed and no further information will be considered by the panel. 

The panel will then prepare the environmental assessment report.

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