CNSC renews Cameco Corporation’s nuclear fuel facility licence for its Blind River Refinery for 10-year period

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced the Commission’s decision to renew the Class IB nuclear fuel facility licence held by Cameco Corporation (Cameco) for its Blind River Refinery, located south of the Mississauga First Nation community and approximately 5 kilometres west of the Town of Blind River in Ontario. This decision follows a public hearing held virtually on November 24, 2021. The renewed licence authorizes Cameco to continue operating the Blind River Refinery.

In making its decision, the Commission considered oral and written submissions from Cameco, CNSC staff and 50 intervenors. The CNSC also made participant funding available through its Participant Funding Program, and invited interventions from Indigenous Nations and communities, members of the public and stakeholders. Two requesters received participant funding to assist with their interventions.

After reviewing all submissions, the Commission concluded that Cameco is qualified to carry out the refining activities that the renewed licence will authorize. It also concluded that Cameco will make adequate provision for the protection of the environment, and the health and safety of persons.

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