Comment period re-opens

by Terry Myers

Members of the public will have another 60 days or so to submit their comments on a proposed radioactive waste site at the Chalk River labs.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced Monday that the comment period has been re-opened on the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) planned at Chalk River.

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

Full copies of the document are available through the CNL website, the CNSC, or the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

The deadline for public comments on the project was originally set for May 17, but was extended last month while CNL had the environmental impact statement (EIS) into French.

The CNSC announced Monday that the translated version is now available to the public and the comment period will be re-opened until August 16.

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

“This comment period gives members of the public, Indigenous groups, and government departments and agencies an opportunity to submit their views in writing to the CNSC on the adequacy of the information presented in the EIS.”

Following the public comment period, CNSC staff “will consider all submissions received in making its determination on whether the EIS is satisfactory” or whether “further information is required,” the commission has previously stated.

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