On May 4, 2015 the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has “invited feedback” on comments received for CNSCs technical assessment on the package design for transport of highly enriched uranyl nitrate liquid.
Following a 2010 agreement, Prime Minister Harper committed, in March 2012, to repatriate additional Canadian HEU inventories to the U.S. Chalk River Laboratories is currently assessing options to fulfill Canada’s commitment and return these liquid HEU inventories to the U.S. Shipments would follow the same stringent transportation and security requirements as the transport of HEU fuel bundles.
The package design for the transport of HEUNL requires certification by both US and Canadian authorities before it can be used. Given the designer of the transport package is an American-based company, the package design must first be certified in the United States, the country of origin of the design.
Public consultation on HEUNL transport package design
The CNSC received an application for package design certification and has assessed it to ensure that it satisfies all regulatory requirements. The Technical Assessment Report on the NAC-LWT Package Design for Transport of Highly Enriched Uranyl Nitrate Liquid (HEUNL) was available for written public comment from December 23, 2014 to February 9, 2015. The report includes an environmental assessment (EA) performed under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA). Public comments on the technical assessment report will be considered in the final decision for Canadian certification of the NAC-LWT package design.
May 4, 2015: Feedback on comments received for technical assessment of the HEUNL transport package design is open until June 4, 2015. You may provide your feedback on comments received by email: consultation