"This letter is to inform the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) of Ontario Power Generation's (OPG's) response plan and when OPG will be submitting the information requested in a recent letter from the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change [Reference 1]. Further, this letter seeks confirmation that OPG's response plan will meet the objectives set out in the Minister's request. "
Deep Geologic Repository Project — Ministerial Request for Additional Information
February 18, 2016 — The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, today requested additional information and further studies on the environmental assessment for the proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Wastein Kincardine, Ontario.
After considering the Joint Review Panel Environmental Assessment Report, the Minister has requestedthat the proponent, Ontario Power Generation, provide additional information on three aspects of the environmental assessment: alternate locations for the project, cumulative environmental effects of the project, and an updated list of mitigation commitments for each identified adverse effect under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).
Ontario Power Generation has been asked to provide the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, by April 18, 2016, with a schedule for fulfilling the information request. The Minister will contact the Panel, at a future date, regarding its role in the review of the additional information and studies.
The Minister's request for information from the proponent has paused the timeline for an environmental assessment decision to be issued, as per section 54(6) of CEAA 2012. At a later date, the Minister will seek a further timeline extension from the Governor in Council.