Regulatory action – Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

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. 

2016

January 27, 2016

Order to the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

On January 27, 2016, the CNSC confirmed that the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued on December 16, 2015. The corrective measures implemented by the company were reviewed and found to be satisfactory by CNSC staff.

2015

December 16, 2015

Order to the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced it had issued an order to the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. This provincial government agency is currently directing activities related to the implementation of an environmental remediation plan for First Nickel Inc.’s Lockerby Mine site, located near Sudbury, ON. First Nickel Inc. was previously licensed by the CNSC to possess and use fixed nuclear gauges in the mine’s backfill plant.

The order was issued on December 9, 2015, after a CNSC inspection identified a lack of radiation safety and security measures on site for the nuclear gauges. The CNSC also identified a lack of regulatory control over the nuclear gauges, and to date, no person has applied for the appropriate licence to possess the gauges.

The order requires the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to begin making immediate arrangements to transfer the nuclear gauges to a CNSC-licensed recipient. It also requires the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to put in to place specific measures for the safety and security of the gauges while they are in its care and control.

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