According to a December notice distributed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Canadian Standards Association – the folks that set standards to make sure your toasters don’t catch fire and the threads on the bolt will match the threads on the nut – are now the lead agency for developing a standard for dry storage for the highly radioactive nuclear fuel waste generated by nuclear power reactors.
The notice from the CNSC states:
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a membership association serving industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in Canada and the global marketplace. Many CSA energy standards are national standards of Canada and are cited in both federal and provincial regulations. In addition to providing energy standards, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) also helps to promote a safe and reliable nuclear power industry in Canada through the creation of specific nuclear industry standards.
The CSA is currently seeking your input on a new draft standard relating to the nuclear industry on interim dry storage systems for irradiated fuel.
If you would like to consult and provide comments on this proposed standard, please go to: http://publicreview.csa.ca/Home/Details/513
According to the current draft, the standard will specify “requirements for the site selection, design, construction, commissioning, operation, and planning for decommissioning of dry storage systems. Dry storage systems include facilities, structures, support services, and equipment required for
(a) transferring irradiated fuel
(i) from wet storage to dry storage containers; and
(ii) to a dry storage facility;
(c) storage of irradiated fuel;
(e) retrieval of irradiated fuel from dry storage; and
(f) decommissioning planning.