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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has accepted the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed in-situ decommissioning of the Whiteshell Reactor 1 (WR-1). The EIS, first submitted by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)in 2017, has now passed the regulator's completeness check and entered the final technical review stage. The technical review process is expected to take about a year, after which the Final EIS will be submitted. A final decision on the project will be determined by CNSC after a public hearing.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-whiteshell-reactor-approved-for-decommissioning-10539019

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has granted a 20-year renewal of its Fuel Facility Operating Licence to Cameco Fuel Manufacturing (CFM) at Port Hope in Ontario. This will allow CFM to operate until 28 February 2043 during which it will have to undergo a comprehensive mid-point (10-year) review of its operations as well as a yearly regulatory oversight report meeting and compliance verification activities.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslicence-renewal-for-cameco-fuel-manufacturing-10539215

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' (CNL's) draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed in-situ decommissioning of the Whiteshell Reactor 1 (WR-1) has now passed the regulator's completeness check and entered the final technical review stage.

Date: Saturday, 21 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/WR-1-decommissioning-draft-EIS-complete,-says-regu

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)'s authorisation of the 20-year renewal of Cameco Fuel Manufacturing's (CFM) operating licence for the facility at Port Hope in Ontario also includes an increase to the plant's annual production limit.

Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Candu-fuel-plant-relicensed-to-2043

Five major companies have made key announcements on their plans to advance small modular reactor (SMR) deployment in the UK. While Rolls-Royce SMR shortlisted three sites for a factory to produce component for its planned SMR; Balfour Beatty and Holtec with Hyundai agreed to support plans for the construction of Holtec’s SMR-160; and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) submitted a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) application for its BWRX-300 SMR to the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Date: Friday, 23 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssmr-competition-heats-up-in-the-uk-10456556

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has submitted a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) entry application for its BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) to the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Meanwhile, Holtec International said it intends to soon submit an application for its SMR-160 design.

Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Two-vendors-submit-SMR-designs-for-UK-assessment

Canada’s McMaster University, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC), and Global First Power (GFP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further examine the feasibility of deploying a Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) at McMaster University, or an affiliated site.

Date: Friday, 16 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadian-partners-to-study-deployment-of-micro-modular-reactor-10439214

10-year project could add more than 30 years to operating life All four nuclear power plants at the Darlington site are undergoing mid-life refurbishment. Courtesy OPG. Canada’s nuclear regulator has given Ontario Power Generation (OPG) approval to load fuel into Darlington-3 reactor core following a major CAD12.8bn (USD9.5bn) refurbishment of all four pants at the Ontario facility.

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) executive vice-president and chief regulatory operations officer Ramzi Jammal said in a 28 November 2022 letter to OPG that the company had met the conditions for the removal of the hold-point and “fuel may now be loaded into the Unit 3 core”.

Hold points are mandatory checkpoints where CNSC approval is required before the licensee – in this case OPG – is allowed to move on to the next stage of the process to return the unit to operation.

OPG said it will now load 6,240 fuel bundles into the Candu 850 reactor core.

In February 2022, OPG said work had begun on the refurbishment of Unit 1 – the third of four nuclear reactors at the site to undergo mid-life refurbishment.

Date: Wednesday, 07 December 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/opg-to-begin-fuel-loading-after-completion-of-darlington-3-refurbishment-12-2-2022

Canada’s Terrestrial Energy has completed a regulatory evaluation of packaging and cross-border transportation of Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) nuclear fuel in collaboration with France’s Orano.

Date: Saturday, 05 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrestrial-energy-and-orano-evaluate-imsr-fuel-packaging-and-transportation-10260419

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has completed a significant project milestone by submitting an application for a Licence to Construct to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). This licence application is the next step in the deployment of a small modular reactor (SMR) at the Darlington NPP site.

Date: Friday, 04 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsopg-applies-for-smr-construction-licence-10144963