Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced the Commission’s decision to grant a 12-year renewal of the Class IB nuclear substance processing facility operating licence held by SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc. (SRBT). The SRBT gaseous tritium processing facility is located in Pembroke, Ontario, in the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg peoples. This decision follows a public hearing held virtually on April 27, 2022. The renewed licence authorizes SRBT to continue operating its gaseous tritium light source (GTLS) manufacturing facility, and to distribute GTLS and radiation devices in Canada and internationally.
In making its decision, the Commission considered oral and written submissions from SRBT, CNSC staff, and 16 intervenors. The CNSC also made funding available through its Participant Funding Program, and invited interventions from Indigenous Nations and communities, members of the public and stakeholders. A funding review committee, independent of the CNSC, reviewed the funding applications received and made recommendations on the allocation of funds. Based on the committee’s recommendations, the CNSC awarded a total of up to $39,218 to 5 applicants.
After reviewing all submissions, the Commission concluded that SRBT is qualified to carry on the activities that the renewed licence will authorize. It also concluded that SRBT will make adequate provision for the protection of the environment, and the health and safety of persons.