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December 30, 2016
  • Read the CNSC regulatory document REGDOC–2.2.2, Personnel Training, version 2
December 22, 2016
  • CNSC to consider supplementary submissions on Risk-informed Assessment of CANDU Safety Issues
December 21, 2016
  • Round whitefish in the vicinity of the Darlington and Pickering NGS are not genetically distinct from round whitefish elsewhere along the north shore of Lake Ontario
December 20, 2016
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on draft regulatory document REGDOC-3.1.2, Reporting Requirements for Non-Power Reactor Class I Facilities and Uranium Mines and Mills
December 19, 2016
  • REGDOC-2.9.1, Environmental Principles, Assessments and Protection Measures is now available
  • Take a ride with JacKey BE-IT to learn more
December 15, 2016
  • The final Regulatory Oversight Report for Canadian Nuclear Power Plants: 2015 has been posted
December 13, 2016
  • Results confirm that the public and the environment around the vicinity of Elliot Lake historical sites are safe
  • Governor in Council extends the time limit for the decision by 243 days
December 12, 2016
  • Administrative Protocol for the Nuclear Power Demonstration Closure Project
  • The CNSC’s Office of Audit and Ethics conducted an audit of the Operations Annual Planning Process. The Audit Report is now available.
December 9, 2016
  • CNSC to consider an application from GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. to transfer its fuel facility operating licence to BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.
December 8, 2016
  • The report confirms that Ontario's drinking water continues to be among the safest and best protected in the world.
December 7, 2016
  • A revised agenda for the December 14 public meeting is available
December 2, 2016
  • Finnish licensee Posiva ready to begin construction of deep geological repository in Olkiluoto, Finland
  • Candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council website by January 16, 2017
November 30, 2016
  • Licensee must correct non-compliances related to inventory control of sealed nuclear sources
  • SRC allowed to proceed with the remediation of other site aspects at the Gunnar legacy uranium mine site
November 29, 2016
  • Licensee must correct all non-compliances related to training and transport
November 25, 2016
  • Interactive timeline highlights important events, pictures and documents from the CNSC’s 70 years of regulation
November 22, 2016
  • Licensee to cease vessel entries and correct non-compliances
November 21, 2016
  • The CNSC’s Departmental Performance Report for 2015–16 is now available
  • Draft REGDOC-1.4.1 and associated information are open for consultation until February 27, 2017.
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on the proposed regulations until December 19, 2016.
November 17, 2016
  • Regulator’s perspective on the future of nuclear in Canada
November 16, 2016
  • Presentation titled “Nuclear Law Developments in Canada”
November 14, 2016
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on DIS-16-04, Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and Challenges until December 5, 2016
November 7, 2016
  • The Regulatory Framework Plan sets out what the CNSC plans to develop and amend in the coming years
November 4, 2016
  • Licensee to cease use and return all portable gauges to secure storage
  • Results confirm that the public and the environment around the facility are safe
  • Results confirm that the public and the environment around the facility are safe
  • Ontario Power Generation Inc.’s Pickering Waste Management Facility
November 2, 2016
  • This program focuses on the seven communities in northern Saskatchewan located downstream of uranium mining and milling operations
  • The public and Indigenous groups are invited to apply by November 22, 2016
  • A revised agenda for the November 8–9 hearing is now available
  • The presentation discusses the CNSC's approach to reviewing the research and development programs used to support the regulatory review of small modular reactors
October 31, 2016
  • Draft REGDOC-1.4.1, Licence Application Guide: Class II Nuclear Facilities and Prescribed Equipment, is open for consultation until December 29, 2016
October 26, 2016
  • Draft REGDOC-2.1.2, Safety Culture, is open for consultation until January 31, 2017
October 20, 2016
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on DIS 16-02, Radiation Protection and Dosimetry until November 10, 2016
October 19, 2016
  • Written comments must be submitted to the CNSC by November 18, 2016
  • Read the case law study on a court decision related to the Darlington nuclear power plant refurbishment project
  • Discussion paper DIS-16-05, Human Performance, is open for consultation until February 15, 2017
October 17, 2016
  • The public hearing on Cameco’s licence renewal application will now take place on November 8 and 9, 2016
October 14, 2016
  • Results confirm that the public and the environment around the former facility are safe
  • Licence renewal for AREVA’s McClean Lake Operation
October 13, 2016
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on DIS-16-03, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning until November 2, 2016
October 12, 2016
  • “Regulating Uranium Mining and Production: Part of a National Nuclear Regulatory Statute”
  • Failure to comply with a licence condition
October 7, 2016
  • Read the IAEA’s news release
October 4, 2016
  • Now available
  • The CNSC has completed work on three of the five recommendations
October 3, 2016
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on DIS-16-03, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning until October 24, 2016
  • Testing emergency plans are a CNSC requirement
September 30, 2016
  • An update to the CNSC's forward regulatory plan for 2016-18 is now available
  • Mr. Cameron spoke at the IAEA side event called “Enhancing Nuclear Safety Worldwide – Actions taken by exporting and hosting countries”, held in Vienna, Austria
September 27, 2016
  • Presentation reviews objectives and commitments related to the 7th Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety
September 26, 2016
  • Read Global Affairs Canada’s news release
  • Draft REGDOC-2.1.2, Safety Culture, is open for consultation until November 28, 2016
September 23, 2016
  • The booklet provides practical information for radiation protection specialists at facilities.
September 22, 2016
  • Licensee to return all portable gauges to secure storage and correct non-compliances
September 21, 2016
  • The presentation covered the CNSC’s harmonized environmental assessment processes with Saskatchewan
September 20, 2016
  • The CNSC’s annual report for 2015–16 is now available
  • A Transforming “Macro” Environment: Implications for Effective Risk Management
September 19, 2016
  • Read OPG’s news release
September 16, 2016
  • A revised agenda for the public Commission hearing on September 22, 2016 is now available
  • A revised agenda for the public Commission meeting on September 21 and 22, 2016 is now available
September 14, 2016
  • Licensee to cease use of portable gauges until all non-compliances are addressed
September 13, 2016
  • CNSC President speaks at the Canadian Nuclear Society’s Conference on Nuclear Waste Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration
September 11, 2016
  • No impact to the public or the environment
September 9, 2016
  • How the CNSC assures the safe transport of HEUNL
  • The presentation covered the CNSC’s mandate, roles, responsibilities and environmental assessment processes
  • Licence renewal for Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station
September 8, 2016
  • The IRRS mission team stated that China’s regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety is effective but will require further development due to rapid nuclear energy growth
September 2, 2016
  • Cooperation and exchange of nuclear regulatory information
  • Impacts of ORSC decision on the Gentilly-2 facility
September 1, 2016
  • Read the CNSC regulatory document REGDOC–2.13.2, Import and Export
August 26, 2016
  • CSA, N285.0 – General requirements for pressure-retaining systems and components in CANDU nuclear power plants (Amendment) is open for consultation until October 8, 2016.
August 25, 2016
  • Licensee to securely store all portable gauges until all non-compliances are addressed
  • CNSC invites feedback on the IAEA’s Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material
  • Licensee to cease use of portable gauges until all non-compliances are addressed
August 23, 2016
  • “Uranium Regulation: Mining, Transportation, Trade and Control”
  • new funding opportunity now available
August 22, 2016
  • Provide feedback on comments received for draft REGDOC 1.1.3, Licence Application Guide: Licence to Operate a Nuclear Power Plant
August 18, 2016
  • The CNSC will hold a hearing to consider an amendment for OPG’s Pickering nuclear power reactor operating licence
August 17, 2016
  • REGDOC 1.1.1, Licence to Prepare Site and Site Evaluation for New Reactor Facilities, is open for consultation until November 12, 2016
August 16, 2016
  • Report highlights Canada’s excellent nuclear safety record and the completion of the Fukushima action items
August 15, 2016
  • Consultations will be held across Canada starting in September 2016
  • The period for providing comments for REGDOC-3.1.2, Reporting Requirements for Non-Power Reactor Class I Facilities and Uranium Mines and Mills, is extended until November 9, 2016
  • A revised agenda for the public Commission meeting being held on August 17–18, 2016 is now available
August 12, 2016
  • Minor injury to a worker
August 11, 2016
  • Update on the CNSC’s current and ongoing regulatory activities
August 8, 2016
  • Administrative Protocol for the Near Surface Disposal Facility Project
August 5, 2016
  • Results confirm that the public and the environment around the facilities are safe
August 4, 2016
  • Low-level radium and uranium release
  • Cave Inspection Ltd has recovered the radiographic exposure device it had lost yesterday on highway in Alberta
August 3, 2016
  • The agenda for the public Commission meeting being held on August 17–18, 2016 in Ottawa is now available
August 2, 2016
  • Submit comments in writing on the draft report by August 31, 2016
July 29, 2016
  • The National Sealed Sources Registry and Sealed Source Tracking System 2015 Annual Report is now available
  • CNSC invites Dr. Edwards to personally meet with technical experts from the CNSC and Cancer Care Ontario
July 28, 2016
  • Presentation titled “Nuclear Regulation in Canada”
July 26, 2016
  • The Government of Canada supports the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s recommendation not to proceed
July 25, 2016
  • Licence renewal for OPG’s Western Waste Management Facility
July 22, 2016
  • CSA N292.5, Guideline for the exemption or clearance from regulatory control of materials that contain, or potentially contain, nuclear substances (Amendment) is open for consultation until September 16, 2016.
  • The period for providing feedback on discussion paper DIS-16-01, How the CNSC Considers Information on Costs and Benefits: Opportunities to Improve Guidance and Clarity, is extended until August 12, 2016
  • Presentation to the World Nuclear University Summer Institute
July 19, 2016
  • CSA N290.18, Periodic safety review for nuclear reactor facilities (New Standard) is open for consultation until August 29, 2016.
  • CSA N290.17, Probabilistic safety assessment for nuclear power plants (New Standard) is open for consultation until September 12, 2016.
July 11, 2016
  • Draft REGDOC-3.1.2, Reporting Requirements for Non-Power Reactor Class I Nuclear Facilities and Uranium Mines and Mills, is open for consultation until September 9, 2016
July 7, 2016
  • No impact to the research reactor
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on DIS 16-01, How the CNSC Considers Information on Costs and Benefits: Opportunities to Improve Guidance and Clarity
July 6, 2016
  • The licence will be valid from July 6, 2016 until March 31, 2018
July 5, 2016
  • CNL informed the CNSC of a small fire that occurred during construction work at the facility
June 27, 2016
  • Results for both 2014 and 2015 confirm that the public and the environment around the facility are safe
  • Results for both 2014 and 2015 confirm that the public and the environment around the facility are safe
  • Licensee must provide nuclear gauge training to employee
  • The Commission will only consider Polytechnique Montréal’s licence amendment and revocation application
June 24, 2016
  • Commission to consider an application from the Saskatchewan Research Council to remove the hold point for Phase 2 of the Gunnar Remediation Project
  • Tritium experts discuss emerging topics in research
  • New infographic outlines the key human components that help define the CNSC
  • Presentation titled “Some Recent Developments in Nuclear Law”
June 22, 2016
  • The power reactor decommissioning licence will be valid from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2026
June 21, 2016
  • Canadian Nuclear Society’s Annual Conference
  • Report of worker death at site living quarters
June 20, 2016
  • Canadians are invited to learn more and share their views
  • Submit comments in writing on the draft report for Canadian nuclear power plants by July 14, 2016
June 16, 2016
  • The meeting will be held on June 22–23, 2016 in Ottawa
June 15, 2016
  • The period for providing feedback on discussion paper DIS-16-02, Radiation Protection and Dosimetry, is extended until September 26, 2016
June 14, 2016
  • Learn how the CNSC regulates nuclear facilities around the Great Lakes to protect health and the environment
  • CNSC staff will present a technical briefing, “Risk-informed assessment of CANDU safety issues”
June 13, 2016
  • Public Policy Forum’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Energy Regulators Summit
June 10, 2016
  • Independent third-party article on the importance of maintaining an open dialogue with stakeholders
June 3, 2016
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ In Situ Decommissioning of the Whiteshell Reactor #1 Project
June 2, 2016
  • Written comments must be submitted to the CNSC by July 4, 2016
June 1, 2016
  • CNSC authorizes an increase of uranium concentrate production
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on draft regulatory document REGDOC-2.2.2, Personnel Training, annex A
May 31, 2016
  • Discussion paper DIS 16-04, Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and Challenges, is open for consultation until September 28, 2016
  • Draft REGDOC-1.1.3, Licence Application Guide: Licence to Operate a Nuclear Power Plant, is open for consultation until July 30, 2016
May 26, 2016
  • Read the feedback on comments received
  • Given that an accident involving the release of radioactive iodine cannot occur at the Gentilly-2 site, potassium iodide pills are no longer needed.
May 25, 2016
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ Near Surface Disposal Facility Project
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ Nuclear Power Demonstration Closure Project
May 24, 2016
  • Written comments must be submitted to the CNSC by June 24, 2016
  • Written comments must be submitted to the CNSC by June 24, 2016
  • IAEA Conference on Advancing the Global Implementation of Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Programs
May 20, 2016
  • Read the public’s comments on Proposal to Amend the Nuclear Non-proliferation Import and Export Control Regulations
May 19, 2016
  • Presentation titled “Increasing Global Accountability in Nuclear Safety”
May 16, 2016
  • Read the full report of the Operational Safety and Review Team
  • CNSC specialists conclude that there is no risk to the public or the environment from radiation devices
  • Environmental assessment required before a licensing decision can be made by the CNSC
May 13, 2016
  • Discussion paper DIS-16-03, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning, is open for consultation until September 12, 2016.
May 12, 2016
  • CNSC received a request for assistance from Alberta’s provincial emergency operations centre
  • Regulatory Oversight Report for Waste Management, Storage and Processing Facilities in Canada: 2015
May 11, 2016
  • Regulatory Oversight Report for Uranium Mines, Mills, Historic and Decommissioned Sites in Canada: 2015
  • Presentation titled “Legal Authority for Armed Onsite Nuclear Response Forces”
May 10, 2016
  • Results for both 2014 and 2015 confirm that the public and the environment around the these facilities are safe
  • Licensee transported radioactive material in packages that did not meet regulatory requirements
  • Results for both 2013 and 2014 confirm that the public and the environment around the facilities are safe
  • Presentation titled “Governance, Social Licence and the Energy Industry: The CNSC Perspective”
May 9, 2016
  • Read how the CNSC has been involved with licensees in the Fort McMurray area
  • Presentation on nuclear regulatory issues in Canada
May 6, 2016
  • Response provides clarity on risks to uranium miners from exposure to radon decay products
May 4, 2016
  • Regulatory Oversight Report on the Use of Nuclear Substances in Canada: 2015
May 3, 2016
  • A new edition of the Directorate of Nuclear Substance Regulation newsletter is now available
April 29, 2016
  • Visit NB Power’s website to read the assessment report
  • Updates to REGDOC-3.1.1 include links to electronic datasheets (e-forms) and references to the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations, 2015
  • DIS-16-02, Radiation Protection and Dosimetry, is open for consultation until June 28, 2016
April 28, 2016
  • Supreme Court of Canada has issued its decision to not hear the appeal with respect to the environmental assessment and the site preparation licence for the proposed new nuclear power reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.
  • A revised agenda for the public Commission hearing on May 5, 2016 in Ottawa is now available
  • No impact to the public or the environment
April 27, 2016
  • Licensee ceased all activities and addressed non-compliances
April 25, 2016
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on draft regulatory document REGDOC-2.9.1, Environmental Protection: Environmental Policy, Assessments and Protection Measures
April 22, 2016
  • Results confirm that the public and the environment around the Gentilly-2 facility are safe
  • Read Cameco’s news release
  • The Guardian article discusses some of the nuclear power myths linked to the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents
  • The feedback period on comments received is extended to May 13, 2016
April 18, 2016
  • Meet Canada’s nuclear regulator in Port Hope, ON, on May 11.
  • There is no impact to members of the public or the environment
April 15, 2016
  • Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has informed the Government of Canada that it will complete further studies on its proposed deep geologic repository (DGR) by Dec. 31, 2016
  • Read the decision (source: Federal Court of Appeal)
April 14, 2016
  • This new timeline details all research conducted by the CNSC on deep geological repositories since research started in Canada in 1978 – over 3 decades of study!
  • Presentation explored the need for greater global accountability in nuclear safety
  • Presentation on the 7th Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety
April 13, 2016
  • CSA N286.10, Configuration management for high energy reactor facilities (New Standard) is open for consultation until June 4, 2016.
  • Mr. Cameron provided an overview of the CNSC as Canada’s independent nuclear safety regulator
April 12, 2016
  • Draft annex to REGDOC-2.2.2, Personnel Training, is open for consultation until May 12, 2016
April 11, 2016
  • Presentation on progress achieved since the 2013 Ottawa Conference
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on draft regulatory document REGDOC-2.2.4, Fitness for duty
April 8, 2016
  • Today, the CNSC made available the IAEA International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) report
  • IAEA agreement to enter into force on May 8, 2016
  • Regulatory Oversight Report for Canadian Nuclear Power Plants: 2015
  • Findings presented to the Commission in October 2015 concluded that the use of nuclear substances in Canada was safe in 2014.
April 7, 2016
  • Regulatory Oversight Report for Nuclear Processing, Small Research Reactor and Class IB Accelerator Facilities: 2015
April 6, 2016
  • CNSC to consider a request to modify the used fuel and waste management funds investment strategy for the Point Lepreau NGS
April 5, 2016
  • Read the public’s comments on Modernizing the CNSC’s Regulations
April 4, 2016
  • Licensee to cease all activities under their calibration licence until non-compliances are addressed
  • Mr. Yukiya Amano visits CNSC President Michael Binder
April 1, 2016
  • Update on hourly rate and formula fees effective April 1, 2016
  • No impact to the public or the environment
  • Presentation built on solid science, research and decades of regulatory experience
  • The agenda for the public Commission meeting on April 6–7, 2016 in Ottawa is now available
  • A revised agenda for the public Commission hearing on April 6, 2016 in Ottawa is now available
March 31, 2016
  • CNSC staff will present an update to the Commission on the status of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Limited’s Port Hope Area Initiative; participant funding is available
  • An update to the CNSC's forward regulatory plan for 2016-18 is now available
March 30, 2016
  • Commission to consider an application from Cameco to renew the Port Hope Conversion Facility operating licence for a period of 10 years; participant funding is available
March 29, 2016
  • CNSC to consider an application from OPG to amend its Waste Facility Operation Licence
March 18, 2016
  • Licensee prohibited from operating exposure devices
March 17, 2016
  • Licensee prohibited from operating exposure devices
March 16, 2016
  • CNSC researches non-targeted effects and radiation-induced cancer
March 14, 2016
  • CNSC Executive Vice-President Ramzi Jammal chairs first day of the workshop
  • Presentation titled “Regulating the Safety of Radioactive Waste”
March 11, 2016
  • Nuclear gauges not damaged by fire
  • The CNSC reviews some of the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident
March 7, 2016
  • The yearly report outlines the CNSC’s commitments, spending estimates and performance expectations for a three-year period
  • In February 2016, Bill Gates was featured in an interesting video in which he shared his views on combatting climate change
March 4, 2016
  • Licensees to undertake a review of their reporting processes by March 31, 2016
  • CSA N288.8, on Establishing and implementing action levels to control releases to the environment from nuclear facilities (New Standard) is open for consultation until April 23, 2016.
March 3, 2016
  • Findings were presented to the Commission in September 2015 and concluded that Canada’s uranium and nuclear substance processing facilities operated safely during 2014
March 2, 2016
  • Licensee failed to ensure that the portable gauge was in the proper shielded configuration
  • CNSC participates in the open house with Canada’s energy regulators during the 2016 GLOBE Week
March 1, 2016
  • Key objectives set to ensure nuclear power plants around the world maintain the highest level of safety
February 29, 2016
  • Canadian actions address the lessons learned stated in the Fukushima Daiichi Accident: Report by the Director General from the International Atomic Energy Agency
February 26, 2016
  • The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will be marking its 70th anniversary in 2016
  • CNSC to perform pre-licensing vendor design review of their integral molten salt reactor design concept
  • Presentation included CNSC’s regulatory highlights from 2015 and CNSC’s plans for the year ahead
February 25, 2016
  • No safety concerns for members of the public or workers
  • Updates to REGDOC-2.10.1, Emergency Preparedness and Response, were made to align with version 2 of REGDOC-2.3.2, Accident Management. There will be no impact on any REGDOC-2.10.1 requirements or guidance.
February 23, 2016
  • No release of radioactive material and no exposure to workers
February 18, 2016
  • Request pauses timeline for environmental assessment decision
  • Read the CNSC regulatory document REGDOC-2.14.1, Information Incorporated by Reference in Canada’s Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations, 2015
February 12, 2016
  • Read the CNSC regulatory document REGDOC-3.2.2, Aboriginal Engagement
February 11, 2016
  • Licensee must adequately train employee to use nuclear gauges
February 10, 2016
  • Discussion paper DIS-16-01, How the CNSC Considers Information on Costs and Benefits: Opportunities to Improve Guidance and Clarity, is open for consultation until June 10, 2016.
  • Science Minister Kirsty Duncan celebrates 40 years of science at TRIUMF
February 8, 2016
  • A new edition of the Directorate of Nuclear Substance Regulation newsletter is now available
February 5, 2016
  • No impact to the public or the environment
February 3, 2016
  • The CNSC’s annual report for 2014–15 is now available
February 2, 2016
  • Worker injury reported
  • No impact to the Point Lepreau Generating Station
January 29, 2016
  • Regulator invited to review BAPE commission report on the impacts of uranium industry in Quebec
  • Read the CNSC regulatory document REGDOC-2.3.1, Conduct of Licensed Activities: Construction and Commissioning Programs
January 25, 2016
  • The CNSC’s Departmental Performance Report for 2014–15 is now available
January 22, 2016
  • CNSC researches tritium dynamics in soils and plants
January 21, 2016
  • A revised agenda for the public Commission meeting being held on January 28, 2016 in Ottawa is now available
January 19, 2016
  • President Binder spoke about “Excellence in Nuclear Regulation” at a one-day Federal Regulators Summit hosted by the Public Policy Forum
January 15, 2016
  • Licensee failed to comply with conditions of the Pickering NGS licence
January 14, 2016
  • The CNSC will hold a hearing in January 2016 to consider an application from CNL to amend the Nuclear Research and Test Establishment Decommissioning Licence for its Whiteshell Laboratories facility
  • The agenda for the Commission meeting being held on January 28, 2016 is now available
January 13, 2016
  • There was no impact to members of the public, the environment or first responders as a result of the spill
  • The CNSC and the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation extend their arrangement until 2020 for cooperation and the exchange of information
January 12, 2016
  • There are no risks to the public and the environment
January 11, 2016
  • Read the announcement
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on draft regulatory document REGDOC-2.2.4, Managing Worker Fatigue
  • Canada is the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association’s first non-European observer
January 8, 2016
  • Supplementary Arrangements will consolidate the various implementation documents associated with the peaceful use of Canadian nuclear items.
January 5, 2016
  • Licensee must recover radiation device and transfer the device to a person authorized by the CNSC