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12-52
November 13, 2012

Subject: Invitation to Comment on Draft GD-384, Site Access Security Clearance for High-Security Sites

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has released for a second round of public consultation draft guidance document GD-384, Site Access Security Clearance for High-Security Sites.

GD-384, Site Access Security Clearance for High-Security Sites, sets out the guidance of the CNSC for processing a site access security clearance. The document was developed to address key considerations for licensees of high-security sites and nuclear facilities within Canada who will be authorizing unescorted access to protected areas, as defined under the Nuclear Security Regulations. The purpose of the Site Access Security Clearance (SASC) is to prevent unreasonable risk to high-security sites. This includes risks to operations, personnel, safety and national security from an insider threat.

The document has undergone significant revisions as a result of the first round of public consultation. The revised draft of GD-384 includes additional details on the screening and interview processes (including managing risk), and on granting a SASC. Guidance on reporting to the CNSC and the need for an appeal process has also been added. Furthermore, three appendices with process maps have been inserted into the document to clarify and provide step-by-step instructions on the SASC process.

If you would like to submit comments, please do so by the date noted below. 

Feedback period:

Starts on: November 13, 2012
Ends on: January 13, 2013

How to participate:

To provide feedback on the comments received:

  • email: consultation@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca
  • mail:
    Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
    P.O. Box 1046, Station B
    280 Slater Street
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 5S9
  • fax: 613-995-5086

Please note that any comments submitted, including names and affiliations, are intended to be made public.

You will not receive a formal reply to your comments; however, they may be reflected in a report to be issued at a later date. Please contact CNSC if you have any questions or comments about the draft guidance document consultation process.

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