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October 4, 2022
Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) welcomed the findings of the performance audit carried out by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) on the management of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste, which was tabled in Parliament by the OAG’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development.
The audit found that the CNSC “did a good job of managing the low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste that makes up 99.5% of Canada’s radioactive waste output. The entities’ management of this waste aligns with key international standards that seek to protect the environment and the safety of current and future generations”.
The CNSC is committed to maintaining and continuously improving its regulatory oversight as it relates to radioactive waste and ensuring that it aligns closely with international standards.
The OAG audit found that CNSC staff applied an approach that was commensurate with the nature of the waste and the complexity of the activities when verifying facilities that manage low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste, and that they had systematic and documented processes to develop risk-based plans for compliance verification activities.
In support of these findings, the OAG reported consistency in many aspects of the CNSC’s regulatory oversight, including:
The audit also highlighted 3 areas for improvement. Specifically, the CNSC should:
“OAG audits are important checks on how we are fulfilling our mandate and serving the Canadian public,” said Rumina Velshi, CNSC President and CEO. “They also provide valuable feedback on how we can improve in these endeavours. The CNSC will address these recommendations in the spirit of continuous improvement.”
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
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