Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, on Feb. 18 requested additional information and further studies on the environmental assessment for the proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste in Kincardine, Ontario.
After considering a Joint Review Panel Environmental Assessment report, McKenna has requested that the proponent, Ontario Power Generation, provide additional information on three aspects of the environmental assessment: alternate locations for the project; cumulative environmental effects of the project; and an updated list of mitigation commitments for each identified adverse effect under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act of 2012.
Ontario Power Generation has been asked to provide the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, by April 18, with a schedule for fulfilling the information request. The minister will contact the panel, at a future date, regarding its role in the review of the additional information and studies.
This request for information from the proponent has paused the timeline for an environmental assessment decision to be issued At a later date, the minister will seek a further timeline extension from the Governor in Council.
Ontario Power Generation proposes to prepare a site, and construct and operate a facility for the long-term management of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste at the Bruce nuclear site, within the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.