The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has announced the decision to renew the licence for the Port Hope Project, as part of the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI), for a 10-year period beginning January 1, 2023. As part of the licence renewal, a single licence consolidates four previous licences for PHAI activities, authorizing Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) to continue the safe cleanup and management of historic low-level radioactive waste in Port Hope. The licence will also facilitate the ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the Port Granby Long-Term Waste Management Facility.
The licence renewal follows a one-day public hearing held in Cobourg, Ontario on November 22, 2022. During the hearing, CNL Vice President for the Stewardship and Renewal Group, Kristan Schruder, told the Commissioners, “CNL operates with an unwavering commitment to safety and environmental protection, in compliance with all licencing requirements under strong oversight of the CNSC, while maintaining our commitment to engagement with Indigenous communities and organizations and the public.”
The combined PHAI licence will ensure efficiencies and consistency across all PHAI sites, in alignment with the scope of CNL Management System and streamline reporting for CNL projects, while maintaining a high level of standards for safety.