Regulatory action – Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining Limited

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and associated regulations, various levels of regulatory action can be taken by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment.

2015

January 20, 2015

Update on order issued to Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining Limited

On January 20, 2015, the CNSC confirmed that Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining Limited complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued to this company on March 21, 2014. The corrective measures implemented by this company were reviewed and found satisfactory by CNSC staff.

2014

April 2, 2014

Order issued to Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining Limited

On April 2, 2014, the CNSC announced that it had issued an order to Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining Limited.

Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining Limited is a mining company based in Fermont, Quebec. The company currently holds a CNSC licence authorizing the possession and use of nuclear substances contained in fixed gauges used to monitor operations at the plant.

The order was issued on March 21 following the review of an incident that had been reported to the CNSC on March 20 by Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining Limited. The company had informed the CNSC that an incident had occurred during which approximately 16 workers were likely exposed  to radiation from two gauges in excess of the regulatory dose limit of 1mSv for members of the public. The gauges had not been locked in the closed position.

The order requires Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining Limited to produce all documentation related to the incident, cease all activities involving entry into confined spaces in which nuclear gauges are installed, cease all mounting and dismounting of nuclear gauges and cease all maintenance activities involving such devices.

The CNSC requires these measures to protect the health and safety of workers, the Canadian public, and the environment.