image: Chalk River nuclear site (source: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories)

Nuclear Waste Management

Proposal for permanent disposal of nuclear waste on crown land

August, 2020 – The Nuclear Waste Management Organization will begin transporting used nuclear fuel from reactor sites in Canada to a deep geological repository in the 2040s, and is seeking input to guide future plans.

2017 – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has initiated the regulatory approvals process, including a federal environmental assessment, for a proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) for the management of CNL’s low-level radioactive waste. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will make a decision after a licensing hearing in January 2018.

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

A solution for CNL’s “legacy obligations”?  According to CNL, the near surface disposal technology has been demonstrated internationally and the location, construction and operation will be subject to a rigorous regulatory process, including environmental assessment.

More info

To stay informed on this project, contact CNL at or call 1- 00-364-6989.

In the News

May 19, 2020 – Canada Needs a National Radioactive Waste Policy (Canadian Environmental Law Association)

June 27, 2017 – Scientists decry plan for Ontario nuclear-waste site (Globe and Mail)

March 17, 2017 – Ottawa Riverkeeper studies plans for permanent disposal of radioactive waste beside the Ottawa River

Terry ReesNuclear Waste Management