Participant funding notice: Participation in the Commission hearing for the Saskatchewan Research Council's licence application for the Gunnar Remediation Project

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is offering participant funding to help members of the public, Aboriginal groups and other interested stakeholders participate in the review of the Saskatchewan Research Council's licence application for the Gunnar Remediation Project.

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) has applied to the CNSC for a 10-year licence in order to complete remediation of the former Gunnar uranium mine and mill site in northern Saskatchewan. The SRC's remediation plan is currently undergoing a joint federal-provincial environmental assessment (EA) pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

The Commission will be holding a public hearing to consider the EA and will consider licensing for the remediation project if it is approved. Under its Participant Funding Program (PFP), the CNSC is allotting up to $25,000 for members of the public, Aboriginal groups and other interested stakeholders to participate in the public hearing process.

In 2008, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) offered funding through its PFP to support public and Aboriginal participation in the EA review process. The CNSC is offering participant funding to assist interested parties in attending the Commission hearing and reviewing licensing materials related to the licence application.

Funding must be used to prepare for and participate in the Commission's public hearing, tentatively scheduled for May 2014. Funding will be considered for the provision of new, distinctive and valuable information to the Commission. Note that, consistent with the terms and conditions of the CNSC's PFP, applications related to the EA review process will not be eligible for funding, since CEAA has already offered funding for this phase of the regulatory review process. A formal notice of hearing will soon be issued by the Commission Secretariat, confirming the date and location of the public hearing.

To apply for participant funding, applicants must complete the Participant Funding Application Form and return it to the CNSC PFP administrator. Certain terms and conditions apply.

The deadline to submit a participant funding application form is Friday, January 31, 2014. Please note that late or incomplete funding applications will not be considered.

A funding review committee, independent and external to the CNSC, will consider all applications for funding and make recommendations on the allocation of funds.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment, and to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

For information on how to participate, visit the Participant Funding Program and Participate in a public Commission hearing sections of the CNSC website. For questions about this specific funding opportunity, contact:

Lee Brunarski or Adam Levine
Participant Funding Program administrators
613-992-4559
613-947-6382
1-800-668-5284
pfp@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca

Media inquiries should be directed to Aurèle Gervais at 613-996-6860.