The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has announced its decision to issue a transport license and certificate to Bruce Power for the transport of 16 decommissioned steam generators to Sweden. The license will be valid for a period of one year from February 4, 2011 until February 3, 2012.

The Commission considered information presented at a public hearing held on September 28 and 29, 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario. During the hearing, the Commission received and considered CNSC staff recommendations and submissions from Bruce Power and 77 intervenors. Following the hearing, the Commission requested additional information and allowed additional time for supplementary written submissions from hearing participants. CNSC staff’s supplementary submission was received on October 18, 2010 and 32 supplementary participant submissions were received by the November 22, 2010 deadline.

The Commission is satisfied that Bruce Power’s application meets the international regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Canadian requirements of the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations for a special arrangement.

The Commission said that the risk to the health and safety of the public and the environment posed by the proposed activity is negligible and that Bruce Power is qualified to carry out the activities to be permitted under the license and certificate, and that Bruce Power will make adequate provisions to protect the environment, the health and safety of persons, and to maintain national security and measures required to implement Canada’s international obligations.

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