Deadline extended on waste site

Area residents, concerned citizens, and critics near and far will have an extra three months to submit their comments on a proposed low-level radioactive waste site at the Chalk River labs. 

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) released a draft “environmental impact statement” for the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) project in March.

Full copies of the document are available through the CNL website, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, or the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry.

The deadline for public comments on the project was originally set for today, Wednesday, May 17.

However, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced Monday that the comment period has been extended until at least August 16, and possibly longer.

In a statement late Monday afternoon, the CNSC said CNL “has committed to and is currently translating the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) into French.”

“The draft EIS provides an analysis of the potential environmental effects of the project and measures to mitigate those impacts.

“From the time the French version of the draft EIS is made available to the public, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will relaunch the public comment period for 60 days to allow all Canadians to comment on the project in the official language of their choice.”

“The public comment period will be open until at least August 16, 2017.”

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