Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (S.C. 2002, c. 23)

Act current to 2015-11-16

Marginal note:Withdrawals from trust funds
  •  (1) Only the waste management organization may withdraw moneys from a trust fund maintained under subsection 9(1).

  • Marginal note:Condition for withdrawals

    (2) The waste management organization may make withdrawals only for the purpose of implementing the approach that the Governor in Council selects under section 15 or approves under subsection 20(5), including avoiding or minimizing significant socio-economic effects on a community’s way of life or on its social, cultural or economic aspirations.

  • Marginal note:First withdrawal

    (3) The waste management organization may make the first withdrawal only for an activity in respect of which a construction or operating licence has, after the date of the decision of the Governor in Council under section 15, been issued under section 24 of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.

  • Marginal note:Ministerial approval

    (4) If the Minister is of the view that the waste management organization has withdrawn moneys from a trust fund contrary to subsection (2) or (3), the Minister may require the Minister’s prior approval in respect of any future withdrawal from a trust fund by the waste management organization.


Marginal note:Study within three years
  •  (1) Within three years after the coming into force of this Act, the waste management organization shall submit to the Minister a study setting out

    • (a) its proposed approaches for the management of nuclear fuel waste, along with the comments of the Advisory Council on those approaches; and

    • (b) its recommendation as to which of its proposed approaches should be adopted.

  • Marginal note:Methods to manage nuclear fuel waste

    (2) Each of the following methods must be the sole basis of at least one approach:

    • (a) deep geological disposal in the Canadian Shield, based on the concept described by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in the Environmental Impact Statement on the Concept for Disposal of Canada’s Nuclear Fuel Waste and taking into account the views of the environmental assessment panel set out in the Report of the Nuclear Fuel Waste Management and Disposal Concept Environmental Assessment Panel dated February 1998;

    • (b) storage at nuclear reactor sites; and

    • (c) centralized storage, either above or below ground.

  • Marginal note:Technical description, region

    (3) The study must include a detailed technical description of each proposed approach and must specify an economic region for its implementation.

  • Marginal note:Comparison of risks, etc.

    (4) Each proposed approach must include a comparison of the benefits, risks and costs of that approach with those of the other approaches, taking into account the economic region in which that approach would be implemented, as well as ethical, social and economic considerations associated with that approach.

  • Marginal note:Services to certain owners of waste

    (5) Each proposed approach must include a description of the nuclear fuel waste management services to be offered by the waste management organization under section 7.

  • Marginal note:Implementation plan

    (6) Each proposed approach must include an implementation plan setting out, as a minimum,

    • (a) a description of activities;

    • (b) a timetable for carrying out the approach;

    • (c) the means that the waste management organization plans to use to avoid or minimize significant socio-economic effects on a community’s way of life or on its social, cultural or economic aspirations; and

    • (d) a program for public consultation.

  • Marginal note:Consultation

    (7) The waste management organization shall consult the general public, and in particular aboriginal peoples, on each of the proposed approaches. The study must include a summary of the comments received by the waste management organization as a result of those consultations.