January 12, 2004

Revised nuclear packaging, transport rules to take effect in February

OTTAWA, ONT-Finalized amendments to the federal Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations, published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on December 17, 2003, will come into force on February 2, 2004. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) amended the packaging and transport regulations to incorporate national and international standards required by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (1996, TS-R-1). These regulatory amendments fulfill Canada's international obligations and provide Canadian industry enhanced standards to facilitate domestic and international trade. The regulatory amendments apply to all shippers and carriers who transport nuclear substances within Canada, those importing and exporting nuclear substances, as well as shipments of nuclear substances in transit. The amendments complement existing practices which were already being carried out for international shipments. Among the changes is a new classification of packages for air transport of large quantities of nuclear substances. Full details on the new regulations may be found on the CNSC Web site, www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca.
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