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Sections 4.11, Waste management and 4.11.1, General considerations

The waste management SCA covers internal waste-related programs that form part of the facility's operations up to the point where the waste is removed from the facility to a separate waste management facility. This area also covers the planning for decommissioning.

This section addresses the requirements of the following regulations made under the NSCA:

·       General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations, paragraphs 3(1)(c), (d), (e), (i) and (j), and 12(1)(c)

·       Class I Nuclear Facilities Regulations, paragraphs 3(e), (f) and (k); ; 5(i), (j) and (k); and subsection 14(2)

·       Radiation Protection Regulations

General considerations

Because construction includes fuel-out (or phase A) commissioning, the application’s waste management provisions shall address management of hazardous substance wastes.

The application shall provide proposed timelines and milestones for development of provisions for waste management during fuel‑in commissioning and reactor facility operation.

In addition, the application should describe the overall waste program to address waste generated during day-to-day operations of the reactor facility, during planned or unplanned outages, and its transfer to the waste storage facility or an authorized facility.

The description of the waste management program should address both conventional and radioactive waste, and should include information on:

·       controls for handling 

·       storage

·       disposal

·       characterization

·       classification

·       minimization

·       segregation

·       clearance

·       exemption

·       processing

·       packaging

·       training

·       auditing

·       transportation

For more information, see:

·       REGDOC‑2.11, Framework for Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning in Canada [41]

·       REGDOC‑2.11.1, Waste Management, Volume I: Management of Radioactive Waste [42]

·       REGDOC‑2.11.2, Decommissioning [43]

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