Environmental Protection Review Reports

The comment period for the Environmental Protection Review Reports process is open from April 21 to July 16 2021.

The CNSC is trying out a new initiative with the aim of improving transparency of our regulatory processes and accessibility of information. We will be publishing CNSC staff’s Environmental Protection Review (EPR) reports and would like your feedback on this initiative.

As Canada's nuclear regulator, the CNSC oversees the licensing and compliance of nuclear facilities, including power plants, waste disposal facilities, uranium processing facilities, and more. The CNSC collects and reviews a wide range of information submitted by licensees and applicants, as set out in regulatory requirements. In an EPR report, CNSC staff provide a technical analysis and evaluation of the environmental protection measures that a licensee submits, plus any additional health studies or relevant information.

The Blind River Refinery EPR Report is the first report published online following this new approach.

We hope that by publishing these reports online, interested readers will:

  • have more time to review CNSC staff’s analysis of a licensee’s environmental protection measures
  • gain more insight on what happens when licensees’ submit information to the CNSC
  • gain a better understanding for how CNSC staff assess a licensee's environmental protection measures; and
  • find these reports easier to access and understand.

It is important to note that these reports do not represent the Commission's conclusions. Rather, these reports document CNSC staff's analysis and recommendations to the Commission.

The Blind River Refinery EPR Report will be included as a reference in CNSC staff's Commission Member Document on the Blind River Refinery (2021-H.09) as well as CNSC staff’s and annual Regulatory Oversight Report on Uranium and Nuclear Substance Processing Facilities. The public hearing of the Commission for the Blind River Refinery licence renewal, scheduled for November 24 and 25, 2021will allow for interventions and comments on the content raised in this report, following the CNSC process for submitting interventions.


How to Participate:

At this time, the CNSC would like to hear your comments on the approach described above and the proposed structure of the EPR reports, using the Blind River Refinery EPR Report as an example. Please click on the topics(s) you are interested in, and it will bring you to a discussion forum where you can submit your comments.

If you prefer to submit comments by email, please send your comments to cnsc.ea-ee.ccsn@canada.ca

The comment period for the Environmental Protection Review Reports process is open from April 21 to July 16 2021.

The CNSC is trying out a new initiative with the aim of improving transparency of our regulatory processes and accessibility of information. We will be publishing CNSC staff’s Environmental Protection Review (EPR) reports and would like your feedback on this initiative.

As Canada's nuclear regulator, the CNSC oversees the licensing and compliance of nuclear facilities, including power plants, waste disposal facilities, uranium processing facilities, and more. The CNSC collects and reviews a wide range of information submitted by licensees and applicants, as set out in regulatory requirements. In an EPR report, CNSC staff provide a technical analysis and evaluation of the environmental protection measures that a licensee submits, plus any additional health studies or relevant information.

The Blind River Refinery EPR Report is the first report published online following this new approach.

We hope that by publishing these reports online, interested readers will:

  • have more time to review CNSC staff’s analysis of a licensee’s environmental protection measures
  • gain more insight on what happens when licensees’ submit information to the CNSC
  • gain a better understanding for how CNSC staff assess a licensee's environmental protection measures; and
  • find these reports easier to access and understand.

It is important to note that these reports do not represent the Commission's conclusions. Rather, these reports document CNSC staff's analysis and recommendations to the Commission.

The Blind River Refinery EPR Report will be included as a reference in CNSC staff's Commission Member Document on the Blind River Refinery (2021-H.09) as well as CNSC staff’s and annual Regulatory Oversight Report on Uranium and Nuclear Substance Processing Facilities. The public hearing of the Commission for the Blind River Refinery licence renewal, scheduled for November 24 and 25, 2021will allow for interventions and comments on the content raised in this report, following the CNSC process for submitting interventions.


How to Participate:

At this time, the CNSC would like to hear your comments on the approach described above and the proposed structure of the EPR reports, using the Blind River Refinery EPR Report as an example. Please click on the topics(s) you are interested in, and it will bring you to a discussion forum where you can submit your comments.

If you prefer to submit comments by email, please send your comments to cnsc.ea-ee.ccsn@canada.ca

Provide feedback on the revised EPR Report Process

Before answering the questions below, please read the summary of the Blind River Refinery report. From there, you’ll be able to access the full report .

After you have reviewed our summary and full report, please tell us about your experience. By answering these questions, you can help us evaluate our approach and ensure that we are producing information that best suit your needs and interests.

Topics for feedback

Topic 1: Comment on the summary of the EPR Report.
Topic 2: Comment on the full EPR Report
Topic 3: Comment on the timing of the release of the EPR Report
Topic 4: How did you find out about this consultation?
Topic 5: Any other comments?


CNSC staff will read and consider all responses received and may incorporate the feedback into future reports. It should be noted that this approach is being tested and may change based on the feedback received.

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