Participant Funding Program decision – Renewal of Ontario Power Generation’s nuclear power reactor site preparation licence for the Darlington New Nuclear Project

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on October 15, 2020, that it was offering a total of $100,000 through its Participant Funding Program (PFP) to assist Indigenous peoples, members of the public and stakeholders in reviewing the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) licence renewal application and in participating in the Commission hearing process for the Darlington New Nuclear Project (DNNP).

Background

Participant funding was made available by the CNSC to:

  • provide new, distinctive and valuable information to the CNSC through informed and topic-specific interventions
  • assist interested parties in reviewing the licence renewal application and in participating in the Commission hearing process for OPG’s DNNP

A funding review committee (FRC), independent of the CNSC, was established to review the funding applications received by the CNSC’s PFP administrator and to make recommendations on allocating up to $100,000 to eligible applicants.

The FRC members were:

  • Paul Scott, retired regional director of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Vancouver office
  • Steve Burgess, retired director of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
  • Bruce Young, retired director of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

On December 3, 2020, the FRC met to review 7 PFP applications received by the CNSC, totalling $101,827.38.

Eligibility and funding criteria

For more information on participant funding and how it works, including details on eligibility and funding criteria, please read the PFP guide.

CNSC participant funding decision

The CNSC has carefully considered the FRC’s recommendations on the allocation of participant funding for OPG’s licence renewal application for the DNNP and has approved reimbursements of up to $81,452.38 for the following recipients:

Applicant Maximum amount of available funding
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte $14,644.10
Dr. Jerry Cuttler $1,000
Curve Lake First Nation $19,932.33
Northwatch $12,657.55
Canadian Association of Nuclear Host Communities $13,600
Canadian Environmental Law Association $15,460
Canadian Nuclear Workers’ Council $4,158.40
Total $81,452.38

Additional information:

Adam Zenobi
Participant Funding Program Administrator, CNSC
Tel.: 613-415-2814
Email: pfp-pafp@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca

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