ARCHIVED - New Regulations to Further Strengthen Safety and Environmental Protection in Canada’s Nuclear Sector

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Backgrounder


The Government of Canada’s Responsible Resource Development initiative is ensuring that Canada’s regulatory regime for natural resource projects is among the most efficient, effective and competitive in the world.

As part of the initiative, the Government has brought into force new Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) Regulations to provide the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) with an additional enforcement tool to strengthen environmental protection and to increase compliance with the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA) and its regulations.

The new regulations introduce new financial penalties for companies that violate the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.  They provide the CNSC with the authority to administer fines of up to $25,000 for individuals and up to $100,000 for corporations for each day that they are out of compliance. In addition, the CNSC will identify on its website companies that are issued AMPs.

These fines will now be added to the compliance and enforcement measures already available to CNSC inspectors, including orders, revocation of licence and prosecution of an offence, and will serve to further strengthen safety and environmental protection.

The new regulations follow a series of consultation activities starting with a discussion paper issued in August 2012 that presented the CNSC’s proposal for the new regulations. The proposed regulations were developed based on the feedback received from stakeholders, organizations and individuals, and published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on February 16, 2013, for a 30-day public consultation period. From February 22, 2013, to March 8, 2013, the CNSC held information sessions for licensees who wished to obtain additional information on the AMPs system prior to submitting their comments.

The new regulations come into force with their publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II on July 3, 2013. 

Further details on the AMPs can be found on the CNSC’s website at: http://www.cnsc.gc.ca

Media may contact: 

David Provencher
Press Secretary
Office of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources
613-996-2007

or
     
Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

The general public may contact: 

Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. EDT
Telephone: 613-995-0947
TTY: 613-996-4397
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E-mail: questions@nrcan.gc.ca