June 14, 2004

OPG's expansion of Pickering waste facility deemed unlikely to cause environmental harm

OTTAWA, ONT-Taking into account planned mitigation measures, Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) proposed expansion of the Pickering waste management facility (Phase II), is unlikely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, says the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The Commission's conclusion was based on its consideration of a screening environmental assessment of the project, prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, as well as input received at a public hearing held in April. Also with reference to the Act, the Commission has decided not to refer the project to the federal Minister of the Environment for referral to a review panel or mediator. As the next step, the CNSC will consider an application to amend the existing CNSC licence (under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act) for the facility. A separate public hearing on a licence amendment application from OPG will be held at a later date. Full details on the proceeding and resulting decision are available on the CNSC Web site, www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca, or from Sunni Locatelli of the Commission Secretariat, 613/995-0360.
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