Joint Review Panel closes the record on hearings into OPG's proposed DGR


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The Joint Review Panel, looking into Ontario Power Generation (OPG)'s proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for low-level and intermediate-level radioactive waste at the Bruce Nuclear site, has closed the record for the Environmental Assessment. 

The information that the panel requires to complete its mandate has been obtained and made available on the public registry.

Effective immediately, no additional comments or information will be accepted by the panel.

The Joint Review Panel is proceeding with the preparation of its Environmental Assessment Report which will set out the rationale, conclusions and recommendations of the panel, and a summary of comments received from the public during the course of the review.

The panel has written to the federal environment minister and the president of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to indicate that, due to the volume and complexity of the information received, it is not feasible for the panel to complete its report within 90 days of the close of the record as stipulated in the original Joint Review Panel Agreement Terms of Reference.

The Joint Review Panel will, however, complete its report within the timeline set out in the amended Joint Review Panel Agreement of August, 2012. 

The panel will deliver its report to the environment minister on or before May 6, 2015, which is 515 days following the coming into force of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (July 6, 2012). The 515 days does not include the time that was taken by the proponent to provide additional information as required by the panel.

Following the submission of the panel report, and subject to the Government of Canadaís decision on whether the project may proceed, the panel may then make a decision on the proponentís application for a Licence to Prepare a Site and Construct the DGR.

Documents related to the review are available on the on-line public registry at ceaa.gc.ca , Reference No. 17520. The letter from the Joint Review Panel to the environment minister and the president of the CNSC can be accessed directly at http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/documents/p17520/100520E.pdf.


The DGR project is a proposal by OPG to prepare a site, and construct and operate a facility for the long-term management of low-level and intermediate-level radioactive waste at the Bruce Nuclear site, within the Municipality of Kincardine. 

Low-level radioactive waste consists of industrial items that have become contaminated during routine clean-up and maintenance activities at nuclear generating stations. Intermediate-level radioactive waste consists primarily of used nuclear reactor components, ion-exchange resins, and filters used to purify reactor systems. Used nuclear fuel will not be stored or managed in the DGR.

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