Commission amends Orano Canada Inc.’s uranium mine and mill licence for McClean Lake Operation authorizing expansion of JEB tailings

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced its decision to amend the uranium mine and mill licence held by Orano Canada Inc. (Orano) for its McClean Lake Operation (MLO). This decision follows a public hearing held virtually on October 4, 2021. The licence amendment allows Orano to expand the JEB tailings management facility (TMF) at the MLO.

In making its decision, the Commission considered submissions from Orano and 6 intervenors, as well as CNSC staff recommendations. The CNSC made participant funding available through its Participant Funding Program, and invited interventions from Indigenous Nations and communities, members of the public and stakeholders. Three requesters received participant funding to assist with their interventions.

After reviewing all submissions, the Commission concluded that Orano is qualified to carry out the expansion of the JEB TMF that the amended licence will authorize. It also concluded that Orano will make adequate provision for the protection of the environment, and the health and safety of persons.

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