Proposed "Near Surface Disposal Facility" at Chalk River
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has proposed a Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) for radioactive wastes on the Chalk River Laboratories site (CRL). The CRL site is located in Renfrew County, ON, on the shore of the Ottawa River, approximately 200 km northwest of Ottawa and close to the community of Chalk River. The NSDF is proposed as an “engineered containment mound” where up to one million cubic metres of radioactive and mixed wastes would be placed over an operating period estimated to be at least 50 years.
Federal Review Process
Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, CNL’s proposal requires approval by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and involves an amendment to the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) Nuclear Research and Test Establishment Operating Licence. An environmental assessment (EA) conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 is required, and an EA decision affirming that the proposed activities will not cause significant adverse environmental effects, before the CNSC can make a licensing decision on this proposal.
Nuclear Waste Watch and the Old Fort William Cottagers' Association are participating in a review of the project, and are interested in understanding how local and regional residents regard the project. Over the summer and fall (2017) an independent consultant retained by the groups is undertaking a community investigation using this brief survey, a series of interviews, and local focus groups. This survey has been designed to gather the views and perceptions of residents in the region about the project, as proposed by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. The reviewers seek to hear from the broadest range of residents possible; all responses will be confidential with results aggregated. This survey is also available online
News and Info
In the News
June 27, 2017 – Scientists decry plan for Ontario nuclear-waste site (Globe and Mail)
March 17, 2017 – Ottawa Riverkeeper studies plans for permanent disposal of radioactive waste beside the Ottawa River
Video of information session on the Chalk River megadump held August 3 with Dr. Gordon Edwards and Dr. Ole Hendrickson as presenters and hosted by the Green Party of Quebec: Link
Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association: web site
Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County: web site