Submission Letter to CNSC re: EIS CNL’s Proposal for NSDF at Chalk River, Ontario


August 17, 2017

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Nicole Frigault, Environmental Assessment Specialist

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission


Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility – Public Commenting Process

CEAA Reference number: 80122

Dear Nicole Frigault:

I’m deeply concerned with the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Site in Deep River, Ontario (CEAR Reference # 80122).

Citizens, businesses and community groups are concerned that the proposed site is being fast-tracked for approval despite the fact that it does not meet safety standards established by the International Atomic Energy Agency. A number of retired scientists from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) are critical of the plan.

Concerns with the plan include an unsuitable location next to wetlands that drain into the Ottawa River and the use of inadequate technology. In addition, the proposal does not meet regulatory requirements with respect to the health and safety of people and the protection of the environment.

Some experts have raised concerns that the NSDF proposal fails to fulfill all requirements set out in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act for public consultation and assessment of alternatives.

This plan threatens the quality of drinking water for millions of people who live downstream. Government has a responsibility to ensure that people’s health and drinking water are protected.

Given the many concerns regarding the NSDF, I urge the CNSC to deny the proposal at this time. I urge you to send this proposal back to the drawing board so that our health, water and environment are protected for present and future generations.


Mike Schreiner

Leader, Green Party of Ontario