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

Nuclear Waste Management

February, 2021 – FOCA was one of over 100 public interest community groups who signed a joint letter setting our expectations for a nuclear waste review that must be transparent, and independent of the nuclear industry.

Read the letter by clicking here.

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.

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

Related FOCA webpages

Deep Geologic Repository for Nuclear Waste in the Great Lakes basin – cancelled

Nuclear emergency preparedness: is Ontario ready?


Terry ReesNuclear Waste Management