Near Surface Disposal Facility Project

The Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) is a proposed engineered disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste planned for the Chalk River Laboratories site (CRL). All waste to be disposed at the NSDF will be required to meet the waste acceptance criteria established to assure compliance with operational and long-term safety requirements.

The Near Surface Disposal Facility is planned to have an operating life of at least 50 years and as proposed, would be an engineered mound built at near-surface level on the CRL site. The engineered mound would be cellular, made up of multiple disposal cells consisting of:

  • base liner and final cover systems
  • leachate collection and leak detection systems
  • environmental monitoring systems

The proposed project would also include:

  • a wastewater treatment plant
  • supporting infrastructure, such as a truck wheel wash, vehicle monitoring and weighing stations, work stations and change facilities, security systems to monitor access and egress, construction trailers, and marine containers or tents for storage of construction materials

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.


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This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.

 

Latest update

July 8, 2021 - On July 2, 2021, CNSC staff completed their review of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) submission of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF).  CNSC staff have determined that the information provided in CNL’s submission is complete and, as such, the final EIS has been deemed acceptable.  CNSC staff will proceed with the preparation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 Environmental Assessment Report, which will be made available for review by Indigenous groups and the public prior to a public Commission hearing.


The final EIS and supporting documents have been posted:


• NSDF Final Environmental Impact Statement
• CNSC Responses to Consolidated Public and Indigenous Groups’ Comments on the Near Surface Disposal Facility Project Draft EIS
 CNL Responses to Consolidated Public and Indigenous Groups’ Comments on the Near Surface Disposal Facility Project Draft EIS
• Consolidated Table of Federal-Provincial Comments on the Draft NSDF EIS
• Near Surface Disposal Facility Project Consolidated Commitment Lists


On July 8, 2021, CNSC staff have deemed all environmental assessment and licensing application documents acceptable, and therefore have notified CNSC Commission Secretariat, who will now proceed with scheduling public hearing dates. Further details regarding how to participate will be provided once the Commission Secretariat has announced the hearing dates.
 

 

 

January 26, 2021 On January 26, 2021, the Federal Provincial Review Team (FPRT) completed their review of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) submission, on the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

 

Overall, the FPRT found that CNL has adequately revised the final EIS in response to the majority of the FPRT’s information requests. However, CNSC staff found that there is still outstanding information that is required to satisfy requirements for Indigenous engagement. Due to this information gap, CNSC staff to cannot draw conclusions nor proceed with drafting the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 environmental assessment report (EA Report). Therefore, CNSC staff have deemed that the information provided in CNL’s submission is not complete, and as such, the final EIS cannot be deemed acceptable.

 

Upon resubmission of a final EIS, CNSC staff will perform a subsequent review. Should the final EIS submission be deemed complete and acceptable at that time, CNSC staff will then notify CNL of the results of the review and proceed with the preparation of an EA Report, which will be made available for review by Indigenous groups and the public prior to a public Commission hearing. 

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Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
278 CNL Table: Responses to Federal and Provincial Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Near Surface Disposal Facility Project PDF (9.3 MB) July 2, 2021
277 CNL Table: Disposition of Consolidated Public and Indigenous Groups' Comments on the Near Surface Disposal Facility Project Draft EIS (Note: Comments in this table are in the official language chosen by the commenter. CNL has responded in the same language.) PDF (9.4 MB) July 2, 2021
276 CNSC Table: Disposition of Consolidated Public and Indigenous Groups' Comments on the Near Surface Disposal Facility Project Draft EIS (Note: Comments in this table are in the official language chosen by the commenter. The CNSC has responded in the same language.) PDF (1.5 MB) July 2, 2021
279 Consolidated Commitment Lists for the Near Surface Disposal Facility PDF (2.3 MB) May 28, 2021
275 Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Near Surface Disposal Facility Project PDF (164.8 MB) May 26, 2021
272 NSDF Final EIS FPRT Review Results PDF (620 KB) January 26, 2021

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Contacts

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Nicole Frigault, Environmental Assessment Officer
280 Slater Street
P.O. Box 1046, Station B
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5S9
Telephone: 613-995-7948 or 1-800-668-5284
Fax: 613-995-5086
Email: cnsc.ea-ee.ccsn@canada.ca


  • Location

    • Deep River (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Nuclear Energy
    • Waste Management
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

    2016-05-05
  • Proponent

    Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
  • Authorities

    • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number

    80122

Nearby assessments

..within 200 kilometres
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