Canada's National Report for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management
Canada’s National Reports
- October 2011 Report (PDF)
- October 2008 Report (PDF)
- October 2005 Report (PDF)
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The Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention) is an international agreement, governing all aspects of spent fuel and radioactive waste management.
Canada was one of the first countries (Contracting Party) to endorse the Joint Convention, which came into force on June 18, 2001.
The Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management is the first legally binding international treaty on safety in these areas. It represents a commitment by participating countries to achieve and maintain a consistently high level of safety in the management of spent fuel and of radioactive waste as part of the global safety regime for ensuring the proper protection of people and the environment.
Objectives of the Joint Convention are to:
- Achieve and maintain a high level of safety in spent fuel and radioactive waste management
- Protect individuals, society and the environment from ionizing radiation
- Prevent accidents and, if necessary, mitigate the consequences of such accidents
The Joint Convention encourages Contracting Parties to report and to promote open and transparent discussions on the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management. The mechanism for achieving these objectives is a peer review panel of national programs for spent fuel and radioactive waste management. The articles of the Joint Convention call for a review meeting to be held at periods not exceeding 3 years. 4th Review Meeting will be held on May 14-23, 2012, at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
The Contracting Parties taking part in the Joint Convention are required to submit a national report at each review meeting, demonstrating the measures they have taken to implement every obligation of the Joint Convention.