Further delay for NSDF decision

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Canada’s nuclear regulator has delayed any decision on the future of the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) at Chalk River by at least another three months.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission issued a “procedural direction” last July allowing an extra seven months for consultations to take place with two Indigenous communities.

Submissions on those consultations were due January 31.

Last week, the commission announced that it has allowed an extension of that time period to May 1.

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd have also said they support the additional time.

In a letter to the CNSC in December, Kebaowek First Nation (KFN) Chief Lance Haymond said that since July, his community has been “engaging in good faith” with both CNSC staff and CNL regarding the NSDF.

But Haymond said the NSDF is a “very large nuclear project that is nearing the end of the licensing application process.”

“Six months is a relatively short period to ensure meaningful consultation takes place on such a complex project”….

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