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Notice of participant funding offering for the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd.'s In Situ Decommissioning of the Whiteshell Reactor-1 Project

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is offering another round of participant funding to assist Indigenous peoples, members of the public and stakeholders in the review of the environmental assessment and licence application, and in participating in a future Commission hearing process for the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd. (CNL) In Situ Decommissioning of the Whiteshell Reactor-1 (WR-1) Project.

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, CNL is requesting an amendment to its nuclear research and test establishment decommissioning licence for the Whiteshell Laboratories site, which includes the decommissioning of the WR-1 reactor. In its licence amendment application, CNL is seeking to change the WR-1 decommissioning strategy to in situ decommissioning. Before the CNSC can make a licensing decision on this proposal, an environmental assessment (EA) conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 is required. The dates and location of associated CNSC public Commission hearings, as well as the ways in which the public will be invited to participate in them, will be announced at a later date in a notice of public hearing.

Participant funding of up to $150,000 will be disbursed among all successful applicants. Funding will be awarded for: the review of documentation, including the EA report; CNSC staff and CNL Commission member documents, when they become available; and participation in associated and yet-to-be announced public Commission hearings through the provision of new, distinctive and valuable information, by way of informed and topic-specific interventions to the Commission. Please note that applicants who were awarded funding under the previous WR-1 participant funding opportunity will be required to justify, in their new application, the need for additional funding to continue participating in the process.

The deadline for submitting a participant funding application is May 24, 2019.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment; to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

For information on how to participate, view the In Situ Decommissioning of Whiteshell Reactor-1 and the Participant Funding Program sections of the CNSC website.

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