Today's letters: Chalk River's nuclear waste, cleanup at Mud Lake

By Aurèle Gervais and Fran Ranger, Ottawa Citizen Letters to the Editor, May 4, 2018

Nuclear waste plan has to meet standards

Re: Canada has a dirty, big nuclear secret at Chalk River, April 23; Chalk River’s nuclear waste facility will respect safety and the environment, April 26.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has been following the opinion pieces regarding the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility at Chalk River Laboratories and the requirement for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) to apply for and secure a licence to construct and operate this proposed facility.

It is important to remember that the CNSC is Canada’s independent regulator for the nuclear sector. In this role, the CNSC will review and assess CNL’s proposal thoroughly, and will only allow the project to proceed if it is convinced that it is safe for Canadians and the environment. In addition, the CNSC has a robust public participation process that includes public hearings, often held in local communities, and a Participant Funding Program to support members of the public, stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples who wish to participate in our regulatory decision-making process. The CNSC also has a proactive and transparent consultation approach that spans the life cycle of a project, from cradle to grave.

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