Independent Environmental Monitoring Program: GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc - Toronto Facility

Publication date: April 22, 2015

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. (GEH-C) is licensed by the CNSC to operate a nuclear fuel fabrication facility (GE), located in Toronto, Ontario. GEH-C manufactures nuclear fuel bundles for Canada’s nuclear power plants from uranium dioxide (UO2) powder. GEH-C runs a comprehensive environmental protection program to monitor and control nuclear and hazardous substances released from the GE facility, determine concentrations of contaminants in the environment and assess exposure to the public.

The Independent Environmental Monitoring Program (IEMP) results for 2014 confirm that the public and the environment around the GE facility are safe and that there are no health impacts.

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GE Hitachi Points

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Sample Type Sample Description Parameter 2014 Result Guideline/
Reference Level
Expected Health Impact (Yes/No) Background Sample Code
AirUranium0.000128 ug/m30.03 ug/m3NoN/A GT01-A01
AirUranium0.0000488 ug/m30.03 ug/m3NoN/A GT07-A02
SoilUranium1.5 mg/kg dry weight23 mg/kg dry weightNoN/A GT01-SO1
SoilUranium1.68 mg/kg dry weight23 mg/kg dry weightNoN/A GT02-SO2
SoilUranium1.05 mg/kg dry weight23 mg/kg dry weightNoN/A GT03-SO3
SoilUranium0.72 mg/kg dry weight23 mg/kg dry weightNoN/A GT04-SO4
SoilUranium1.72 mg/kg dry weight23 mg/kg dry weightNoN/A GT06-SO6
SoilUranium0.87 mg/kg dry weight23 mg/kg dry weightNoN/A GT07-SO7
SoilUranium1.13 mg/kg dry weight23 mg/kg dry weightNoN/A GT08-SO8
SoilUranium0.93 mg/kg dry weight23 mg/kg dry weightNoN/A GT09-SO9

1For soil samples, the results for uranium are compared with the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Environmental and Human Health.

2For air samples, the results are compared with Ontario’s Ambient Air Quality Criteria.

Background

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA), licensees of nuclear facilities are required to implement an environmental monitoring program to demonstrate that the public and the environment are protected from emissions related to the facility’s nuclear activities. The results of these monitoring programs are submitted to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to ensure compliance with applicable guidelines and limits, as set out in regulations that oversee Canada’s nuclear industry.

The CNSC has implemented its IEMP to verify that the public and the environment around licensed nuclear facilities are safe. It is separate from, but complementary to, the CNSC’s ongoing compliance verification program. The IEMP involves taking samples from public areas around the facilities, and measuring and analyzing the amount of nuclear and hazardous substances in those samples. CNSC staff collect the samples and send them to the CNSC’s state-of-the-art laboratory for testing and analysis.

Results

The 2014 IEMP sampling plan for the GE site focused on uranium, which is a hazardous substance. However, it also decays at a slow rate by emitting gamma radiation. A site-specific sampling plan was developed based on GEH-C’s approved environmental monitoring program, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards and the CNSC’s regulatory experience with the site. In 2014, samples were collected in publicly accessible areas outside the GE site perimeter and included samples of air and soil outside of the GE perimeter fence.View detailed sampling data.

The concentrations of uranium in air and soil samples were below available guidelines. No health or environmental impacts are expected at these levels.

To obtain the full technical IEMP report, contact us at info@canada.ca or call 613-995-5894 or 1-800-668-5284 (in Canada). Please provide the name of the facility and the report year.

Conclusions

The IEMP results confirm that the public and the environment around the GE site are safe and that there are no health impacts. These results are consistent with the results submitted by GEH-C, confirming that the licensee’s environmental protection program protects the health and safety of people and the environment.