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Joint Review Panel Announces Additional Public Hearing Days for Deep Geologic Repository Project

OTTAWA, June 3, 2014 – The Joint Review Panel for the Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste (DGR) has scheduled additional public hearing days to begin on September 9, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.  The hearing will continue over approximately two weeks and will be held at:

The Royal Canadian Legion
219 Lambton Street, Kincardine, Ontario

The public hearing will give participants, Ontario Power Generation and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission the opportunity to provide their views in relation to the subjects of the information requests issued by the Panel since November 2013. Any person may attend the public hearing as an observer.

How to Participate

Amended Hearing Procedures that describe how to participate are being issued by the Panel today. Participants may make a written-only hearing submission or an oral presentation to the Panel at the hearing. Oral presentations must be supported by a written submission.

Government departments, Aboriginal groups, members of the public and organizations that participated in the DGR public hearing in 2013 and wish to make an oral presentation on one or more of the hearing subjects are required to indicate their intention by providing a completed Hearing Participation Form to the Panel by June 23, 2014.

Anyone who did not participate in the 2013 hearing must make a request to the Panel to make an oral presentation on one or more of the hearing subjects by providing a completed Hearing Participation Form to the Panel by June 23, 2014.

As detailed in the Hearing Procedures, subjects that will be addressed over the course of the hearing days are the following:

Methodology used to determine the significance of adverse environmental effects

Updates to the geoscientific verification plan

Expansion plans for the DGR project

Relative risk analysis of alternative means of carrying out the project

Implications of revisions to the reference waste inventory

Applicability of recent incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to the safety case for the DGR project

Activities and Key dates

Activities Deadline
Hearing Participation Form

2013 Participants: Intent to make an oral presentation

New Participants: Request to make an oral presentation

June 23, 2014
Written submission

Proponent and government participants

July 7, 2014
Written submission

All other participants

July 21, 2014
Presentation materials (optional)

All participants

August 25, 2014
Start of the additional hearing days September 9, 2014

The amended Hearing Procedures, which include the Hearing Participation Form, are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference number 17520.  A preliminary schedule for the hearing will be available in August.  A daily agenda, including the list of presenters, will be available each hearing day.  If you have any questions about the review process or participating in the hearing, contact:

Debra Myles, Panel Co-Manager
c/o Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 613-957-0626 or 1-866-582-1884

Kelly McGee, Panel Co-Manager
c/o Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
PO Box 1046, Station B –
280 Slater Street, Ottawa ON K1P 5S9
Tel.: 613-947-3710  Fax: 613-995-5086

Documents submitted or generated as part of the review will be considered public and posted on the online public registry. Written transcripts will be posted to the public registry as soon as they are available. The public hearing will be webcast live through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission website at .

About the Project

The DGR is a proposal by Ontario Power Generation to prepare a site, and construct and operate a facility for the long-term management of low and intermediate level radioactive waste at the Bruce Nuclear site, within the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario. Low level radioactive waste consists of industrial items that have become contaminated during routine clean up and maintenance activities at nuclear generating stations. Intermediate level radioactive waste consists primarily of used nuclear reactor components, ion-exchange resins, and filters used to purify reactor systems. Used nuclear fuel will not be stored or managed in the DGR.


Media may contact:

Lucille Jamault
Joint Review Panel – Deep Geologic Repository
Tel.: 613-957-0434 / 613-552-5253



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