It has been a long road, but the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will hold its final hearing on the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) tomorrow, Thursday, August 10.
The virtual meeting will begin at 9:30 am and will be webcast live on the CNSC website at nuclearsafety.gc.ca.
The “oral hearing” will be held to receive final submissions from Indigenous communities that made oral interventions during week-long hearings on the NSDF held in Pembroke more than a year ago.
Following those hearings in June 2022, the commission ordered that further consultations should be held with both the Kebaowek First Nation (KFN) and the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (KZA) of Quebec.
At Thursday’s hearing, the commission will hear from those two communities as well as the Mitchikanibikok Inik, Algonquins of Barriere Lake.
One group that will not present comments for the final hearing, however, are the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation (AOPFN).
In June, Atomic Energy of Canada and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories announced that they had signed a “long-term relationship agreement” (LTRA) that formalizes relations between two of Canada’s leading nuclear organizations and the Renfrew County-based First Nation.
As part of the agreement, AOPFN agreed to “provide its consent to CNL and the (CNSC) to move forward with the construction of the proposed facility”…
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