Uranium Mines and Mills Regulations

Version of section 3 from 2006-03-22 to 2017-09-21:


 An application for a licence in respect of a uranium mine or mill, other than a licence to abandon, shall contain the following information in addition to the information required by section 3 of the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations:

  • (a) in relation to the plan and description of the mine or mill,

    • (i) a description of the site evaluation process and of the investigations and preparatory work to be done at the site and in the surrounding area,

    • (ii) a surface plan indicating the boundaries of the mine or mill and the area where the activity to be licensed is proposed to be carried on,

    • (iii) a plan showing the existing and planned structures, excavations and underground development,

    • (iv) a description of the mine or mill, including the installations, their purpose and capacity, and any excavations and underground development,

    • (v) a description of the site geology and mineralogy,

    • (vi) a description of any activity that may have an impact on the development of the mine or mill, including any mining-related activity that was carried on at the site before the date of submission of the application to the Commission,

    • (vii) a description of the design of and the maintenance program for every eating area,

    • (viii) the proposed plan for the decommissioning of the mine or mill, and

    • (ix) a description of the proposed emergency power systems and their capacities;

  • (b) in relation to the activity to be licensed,

    • (i) a description of and the schedule for the planned activity,

    • (ii) a description of the proposed methods for carrying on the activity,

    • (iii) a list of the categories of material proposed to be mined and a description of the criteria used to determine those categories,

    • (iv) the anticipated duration of the activity, and

    • (v) the proposed quality assurance program for the activity;

  • (c) in relation to the environment and waste management,

    • (i) the program to inform persons living in the vicinity of the mine or mill of the general nature and characteristics of the anticipated effects of the activity to be licensed on the environment and the health and safety of persons,

    • (ii) the program to determine the environmental baseline characteristics of the site and the surrounding area,

    • (iii) the effects on the environment that may result from the activity to be licensed, and the measures that will be taken to prevent or mitigate those effects,

    • (iv) the proposed positions for and qualifications and responsibilities of environmental protection workers,

    • (v) the proposed environmental protection policies and programs,

    • (vi) the proposed effluent and environmental monitoring programs,

    • (vii) the proposed location, the proposed maximum quantities and concentrations, and the anticipated volume and flow rate of releases of nuclear substances and hazardous substances into the environment, including their physical, chemical and radiological characteristics,

    • (viii) the proposed measures to control releases of nuclear substances and hazardous substances into the environment,

    • (ix) a description of the anticipated liquid and solid waste streams within the mine or mill, including the ingress of fresh water and any diversion or control of the flow of uncontaminated surface and ground water,

    • (x) the proposed measures to prevent or mitigate the effects of accidental releases of nuclear substances and hazardous substances on the environment, the health and safety of persons and the maintenance of security, including measures to

      • (A) assist off-site authorities in planning and preparing to limit the adverse effects of an accidental release,

      • (B) notify off-site authorities of an accidental release or the imminence of an accidental release,

      • (C) report information to off-site authorities during and after an accidental release,

      • (D) assist off-site authorities in dealing with the adverse effects of an accidental release, and

      • (E) test the implementation of the measures to control the adverse effects of an accidental release,

    • (xi) the anticipated quantities, composition and characteristics of backfill, and

    • (xii) a description of the proposed waste management system;

  • (d) in relation to health and safety,

    • (i) the effects on the health and safety of persons that may result from the activity to be licensed, and the measures that will be taken to prevent or mitigate those effects,

    • (ii) the proposed program for selecting, using and maintaining personal protective equipment,

    • (iii) the proposed worker health and safety policies and programs,

    • (iv) the proposed positions for and qualifications and responsibilities of radiation protection workers,

    • (v) the proposed training program for workers,

    • (vi) the proposed measures to control the spread of any radioactive contamination,

    • (vii) the proposed ventilation and dust control methods and equipment for controlling air quality, and

    • (viii) the proposed level of effectiveness of and inspection schedule for the ventilation and dust control systems; and

  • (e) in relation to security, the proposed measures to alert the licensee to acts of sabotage or attempted sabotage at the mine or mill.

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