Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Wastes - Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines and Joint Review Panel Agreement Issued



    OTTAWA, Jan. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) issued
two documents today - the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Guidelines and the Joint Review Panel (JRP) Agreement - related to Ontario
Power Generation's (OPG) proposed Deep Geologic Repository project, located in
the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.
    The EIS Guidelines identify the information needed for OPG to prepare the
EIS which will provide a detailed analysis of the potential environmental
effects of the proposed project. The EIS Guidelines also list the requirements
for a licence to prepare the site and construct the Deep Geologic Repository.
    The JRP Agreement establishes how the panel will function and the terms
of reference for conducting the environmental assessment, and for considering
the licence application to prepare a site and construct a facility.
    The draft EIS Guidelines and the draft JRP Agreement were subject to
public consultation from April 4 to June 18, 2008, and were amended following
consideration of the comments received.

    The final Guidelines and Agreement, along with more information on this
project, are available at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca , registry number 06-05-17520
and at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca. The two documents are also available from the
contact mentioned below:

    Deep Geologic Repository Project
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    160 Elgin Street, Place Bell Canada
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 1-866-582-1884
    E-mail: DGR.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

    The next steps will include the appointment of JRP members, the
submission of OPG's EIS for the Deep Geologic Repository and licensing
documentation to the JRP, and a public consultation on the EIS.

    About the Project

    The project is a proposal by OPG to prepare a site, construct and operate
a deep-geologic disposal facility on the Bruce Nuclear Site, within the
Municipality of Kincardine. The Deep Geologic Repository would be designed to
manage low and intermediate level radioactive wastes, produced from the
continued operations of the nuclear generating stations at Bruce, Pickering
and Darlington, Ontario. Low level waste consists of industrial items that
have become contaminated with low levels of radioactivity during routine
clean-up and maintenance activities at nuclear generating stations.
Intermediate level radioactive waste consists primarily of used nuclear
reactor components such as the ion-exchange resins and filters used to purify
reactor water systems.

    About the Agency

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal
environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects
of proposed projects, and the measures to address those effects, in support of
sustainable development.

    About CNSC

    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear
energy and materials to protect the health, safety, and security of Canadians
and the environment; and to respect Canada's international commitments on the
peaceful use of nuclear energy.




For further information:

For further information: media may contact: Lucille Jamault, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0434; Aurèle Gervais, Media and Community Relations, Canadian Nuclear
Safety Commission, (613) 996-6860


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