CANADIAN NUCLEAR SAFETY COMMISSION'S REGULATORY OVERSIGHT OF THE LORADO SITE CLEANUP PROJECT
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:
K. Lange (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)
D. Pandolfi (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)
J. Brown (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)
  

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) regulatory oversight of the Lorado Remediation Project. Lorado is a historic site resulting from the former operation of a uranium mine in Northern Saskatchewan during the late 1950s. The most significant waste feature at Lorado was an unconfined tailings area which extended into a lake. Lorado is being remediated under the Government of Saskatchewan’s commitment to the cleanup of abandoned uranium mine sites in northern Saskatchewan. This project is regulated under a 10-year CNSC licence issued to the Saskatchewan Research Council and entails the remediation of tailings that cover a land surface area of 14 hectares and treatment of lake water to improve water quality around the site. CNSC compliance verification activities include technical evaluations and inspections to ensure the project meets regulatory requirements and is in conformity with general safety objectives. Key aspects regarding CNSC’s regulatory oversight of Lorado are highlighted including the remedial process, engineered cover design for the tailings, environmental monitoring, and the consideration of other regulators as well as community concerns.

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