INVENTORY OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE IN CANADA
3rd Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration - 2016 Sept. 11-14


Presented at:
3rd Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration
2016 Sept. 11-14
Location:
Ottawa, Canada
Session Title:
Session M4: Government Policies, Programs & Oversight

Authors:
J. Kenney (Natural Resources Canada)
  

Abstract

Since 1999, the Government of Canada has been gathering and compiling Canada’s radioactive waste inventory and projection data from waste owners and making it available to the public in the form of a triennial Inventory SummaryReport. The goal of this data collection exercise has been to support federal policy development, support the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s activities, provide consolidated radioactive waste information for the industry, promote transparency, and meet Canada’s international commitments and growing demands internationally for radioactive waste data.

Since the coming into force of theJoint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Managementin June 2001,the data collection and reporting cycle has been aligned to provide the waste inventory data required for Canada’s triennial National Report to the Joint Convention. To date, the inventory summary reports have been published by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) Low-level Radioactive

Waste Management Office (LLRWMO) and made available on its website. Going forward, this data collection and reporting project will be undertaken by Natural Resources Canada.

For the 2013 reporting year, Canada modernized the format of the Inventory Summary Report. Employees from Natural Resources Canada worked closely with staff from CNL and their contractors to revise the text and update the graphics of the report. In addition to the report, Canada developed a Historic Waste Infographic to explain what historic waste is and how it has been managed in Canada.

This paper presents Canada’s radioactive waste inventory and projection data and summarizes key findings from the analysis of the data.It also describes some of the uses that are made of the information provided in the inventory.To support Canada’s Sixth National Report to the Joint Convention in Fall 2017, the national waste inventory will be updated in Spring 2017.

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