CNSC extends comments on proposed “micro” reactor at Chalk River

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by Terry Myers

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has extended the time for initial comments on a proposed new “micro modular” reactor at the Chalk River Laboratories.

The CNSC announced last month that it was accepting comments on an application by Global First Power to build a 5 MWe high temperature gas reactor at Chalk River.

The deadline for comments was originally set for August 14.

In an announcement Friday, the CNSC said it would extend the deadline by a month.

“Given the high level of public interest and numerous requests, the deadline to submit written comments on the project description has been extended to September 14, 2019,” the commission said in its announcement.

“Individuals and groups that have already submitted comments do not need to resubmit their comments.”

The CNSC said the “primary purpose” of the process at this point is “to determine whether an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 is required.”

“Further details on the project will be provided at a later time in the environmental impact statement.”

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Photo: CNSC president and CEO Rumina Velshi (centre) visits CNL and NPD in July. (CNL photo)