Coherent Identifier About this item: 20.500.12592/r2vp9s

JOINT SUBMISSION BY THE COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE ENERGY

28 March 2022

Summary

12 The objects of the CNSC are set out in Section 9 of the NSCA as follows: (a) to regulate the development, production and use of nuclear energy and the production, possession and use of nuclear substances, prescribed equipment and prescribed information in order to (i) prevent unreasonable risk, to the environment and to the health and safety of persons, associated with that development, product. [...] The intervenors ask the CNSC to accept the redacted version of the hazard assessment as a sealed document, so that the Commission members are better able to understand the ineffectiveness of so-called public disclosure, and the impact of redactions, which compromises an intervenors’ ability to provide the CNSC with meaningful input and review. [...] Public dissemination of information is a purpose of the CNSC The lack of full, documentary disclosure remains a systemic barrier to meaningful participation before the CNSC and is contrary to one of its core statutory objectives, which is to “to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public concerning the activities of the Commission and the effects, on the e. [...] Considering ‘alternatives to the project’ and ‘alternative means of carrying out the project’ are required considerations under the IAA which are not before the CNSC in the narrow licensing process provided for in the NSCA.35 Third, the IAA requires meaningful public participation throughout the assessment process and establishes a participant funding program to enable members of the public to eng. [...] During Part I of the public hearing held on January 26, 2022 to consider NB Power’s licence renewal request, CNSC staff stated “[w]ith respect to the engagement of the public, we put the ROR as one of the fundamental pillars for the long-term licence, for the engagement of the public and the Indigenous peoples.”42 The intervenors submit that a public hearing before the CNSC provides greater proced.

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