Ontario Power Generation Deep Geologic Repository

Tiverton, (Municipality of Kincardine) ON

Location: Tiverton, (Municipality of Kincardine) ON

Summary

The site preparation, construction and operation of a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) is proposed for the disposal of low- and intermediate-level radioactive wastes on the Bruce Site in Tiverton. The DGR will also hold waste produced from the continued operation of the Bruce, Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations.

The joint review panel for the DGR was established on January 24, 2012.


Latest news

Note: The following are recent highlights only. For a complete list of documents related to the joint review panel for this project, please consult the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference number 06-05-17520.

Resources:

Licensing progress details

(Timelines are best estimates and are subject to change)

Environmental assessment and site preparation
Project milestone Responsibility
and status
Date Comment
CNSC and other federal authorities Applicant

OPG submits a letter of intent to apply for a licence to prepare site and construct with a DGR project description (PDF)

Read application for licence to prepare site and construct (August 2007) (PDF)


Completed by Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

December
2005

Notice of environmental assessment (EA) posted


Completed by
CNSC

January
2006

Federal Minister of Environment refers EA to a joint review panel (JRP)


Completed by
the Minister of Environment

June
2007

Draft environmental impact statement (EIS) guidelines and JRP agreement published for comments


Completed by
the CNSC/CEAA

April
2008

Comment period on draft environmental impact statement guidelines and JRP agreement


Completed by the CNSC

April to
June
2008

Opportunity for the public, Aboriginal groups and other stakeholders to review and provide comments.

Public comments on Draft EIS for OPG's DGR Project

Final EIS guidelines and JRP agreement published – January 26, 2009


Completed by the CNSC/CEAA

January 2009

Finalized by the federal Minister of the Environment, in consultation with the President of CNSC, based on comments received.

Major Projects Management Office (MPMO) project agreement signed (source: CEAA)


Completed by MPMO

May 2009

An MPMO Project Agreement (source: CEAA) is an agreement between federal Deputy Ministers that outlines the process by which federal departments or agencies will carry out their particular roles or responsibilities during the federal regulatory review of a proposed major resource project. The agreement includes a timeline and schedule for the completion of the regulatory review with regular milestones to allow tracking of progress.

OPG submits to JRP:

CNSC acknowledges receipt of EIS and licence documentation from OPG (PDF)


Completed by
OPG

April
2011

Appointment of JRP


Completed by the Minister of Environment and the Governor in Council

January 24, 2012

Appointed by the Minister of the Environment and the Governor in Council, in consultation with the President of the CNSC.

Panel Orientation session and comment Period on environmental impact statement and licence application for Deep Geologic Repository Project (source: CEAA)


Completed by JRP

February 3, 2012

Transcript of Joint Review Panel Orientation Session (PDF)

For a complete list of documents related to the joint review panel for this project, please consult the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference number 06-05-17520.

Review of EIS, including public review announced


Completed by
JRP

February 3, 2012

Preliminary instructions for the public review and comment period

Review period led by JRP, including conformity and technical review of the EIS by JRP, public, Aboriginal groups and other stakeholders, and opportunities for public comments. (six months, not inclusive of time used by applicant to respond to JRP requests)

Information request 1: JRP letter of request for additional information (PDF) (source: CEAA)
Completed by
JRP
March 8, 2012 EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011
Ontario Power Generation responds in January to the JRP information request 1 of December 2009. (PDF) (source: CEAA)  
Completed by
OPG
March 19, 2012 Ontario Power Generation responds to JRP's Information Request 1

Information request #2
JRP requests additional information from Ontario Power Generation (PDF) (source: CEAA)


Completed by
JRP
May 2, 2012

JRP sends a letter to Ontario Power Generation requesting for additional information concerning the EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011

Ontario Power Generation responds to the JRP information Request #2 of May 2012. (PDF) (source: CEAA)

May 9, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)

June 1, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)
 
Completed by
OPG

May 14, 2012

June 1, 2012
Ontario Power Generation responds to JRP's information request 2

Information Request 3:
JRP letter of request for additional information (PDF) (source: CEAA)


Completed by
JRP
May 25, 2012

JRP sends a letter to Ontario Power Generation requesting for additional information concerning the EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011

Submission by Ontario Power Generation of supplementary material for the JRP information package #1 (PDF) (source: CEAA)  
Completed by
OPG
July 10, 2012

Submission by OPG of Supplementary material for the joint reviewpPanel information package #1

Ontario Power Generation responds in July to the JRP information request package #3 of June 2012. (PDF) (source: CEAA)

 
Completed by
OPG
July 9, 2012

Ontario Power Generation responds to JRP's information request 3

Technical information session – Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste (PDF) (source CEAA)


Completed by
JRP
July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012 presentation by OPG(PDF) (source: CEAA)

July 18 2012 presentation by CNSC(PDF) (source: CEAA)

July 18, 2012 webcast (source: CNSC)

Transcript of the technical information session regarding the proposed design, construction and operational details of the DGR Project (PDF) (source: CEAA)
Information request 4: JRP letter of request for additional information (PDF) (source: CEAA)
Completed by
JRP
July 23, 2012

JRP sends a letter to Ontario Power Generation requesting for additional information concerning the EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011

Public notice: Timelines established and joint panel agreement amended under CEAA 2012 (source: CEAA)
Completed by
the Minister of Environment and President of the CNSC
August 3, 2012

View amendments to the joint review panel's mandate made as a result of the coming into force on July 6, 2012, of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012(CEAA 2012).

View final EIS guidelines and JRP agreement published – January 26, 2009

Ontario Power Generation responds to JRP information request package #4 of July 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)

August 27, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)

September 6, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)

September 28, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)
 
Completed by
OPG

August 27, 2012

September 6, 2012

September 28, 2012

Ontario Power Generation responds to JRP's Information request 4, concerning the EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011

Public notice – Modelling Technical Information Session for the Deep Geologic Repository Project to be held on October 11, 2012 (Source: CEAA)
Completed by
JRP
September 10, 2012
Information request 5: JRP letter of request for additional information (PDF) (source: CEAA)
Completed by
JRP
September 12 , 2012

JRP sends a letter to Ontario Power Generation requesting for additional information concerning the EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011

Modelling Technical Information Session – Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate Waste
Completed by JRP
  October 11, 2012

Presentation by OPG (PDF)

October 11, 2012 WebcastMarch 20, 2013 webcast

Transcript of Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate level Radioactive Waste Modelling Technical Information Session (PDF)

Information request 6: JRP letter of request for additional information (PDF) (source: CEAA)


Completed by
JRP
October 16, 2012

EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011

Ontario Power Generation responds to JRP information request package #5 of September 2012

October 24, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)

November 7, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)

 
Completed by
OPG

October 24, 2012

November 7, 2012
 

Ontario Power Generation responds to JRP information request package #6 of October 2012

October 31, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)

November 29, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)

December 12, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)

 
Completed by
OPG

October 31, 2012

November 29, 2012

December 12, 2012

 

Information request 7: JRP letter of request for additional information (PDF) (source: CEAA)


Completed by
JRP
November 1, 2012

EIS and complete application for a Licence to Prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011

Submission by Ontario Power Generation of supplementary material for the JRP information package #5 (PDF) – October 24, 2012 (PDF) (source: CEAA)

 
Completed by
OPG
November 5 2012  
OPG's response to joint review panel information request package #7 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)  


Completed by
OPG

December 20, 2012   
Information request package #8 from the Deep Geologic Repository joint review panel (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by JRP

 

December 20, 2012  EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011
Information request package #9 from the Deep Geologic Repository joint review panel (PDF) (source: CEAA)
Completed by JRP
February 8, 2013 EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011
Public notice – Socio-economic technical information session on the environmental impact statement and licence application for Deep Geologic Repository Project (Source: CEAA)
Completed by JRP
  February 12, 2013  

OPG responds to JRP information request package #8 of December 2012

February 14, 2013 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)

February 28, 2013 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)

March 15, 2013 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)

 


Completed by
OPG

February 14, 2013

February 28, 2013

March 15, 2013
 

Information request package #10 from the Deep Geologic Repository joint review panel (PDF) (Source: CEAA)


Completed by JRP

 

March 6, 2013

EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011

Socio-economic technical information session on the environmental impact statement and licence application for Deep Geologic Repository Project (Source: CEAA)


Completed by
JRP

 

March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013 written submission by OPG (PDF) (source: CEAA)

March 20, 2013 presentation by OPG (PDF) (source: CEAA)

October 11, 2012 WebcastMarch 20, 2013 webcast (Source: CNSC)

Transcript of the socio-economic technical information session for the DGR Project (PDF) (Source: CEAA)

OPG responds to joint review panel information request package #9 of February 2013

March 28, 2013 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)

April 15, 2013 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)

 


Completed by
OPG

March 28, 2013

April 15, 2013
 
News release: End of comment period
Completed by JRP
April 25, 2013

Deadline set of May 24, 2013 to receive final public comments on OPG's environmental impact statement and licence application for the DGR project

OPG's response to joint review panel information request package #10 – subset #1 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)  
Completed by JRP
April 30, 2013  
OPG's response to joint review panel information request package #10 – subset #2 (PDF) (Source CEAA)  
Completed by JRP
May 10, 2013  
Information request package #11 from the Deep Geologic Repository joint review panel (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by JRP
May 29, 2013 EIS and complete application for a licence to prepare a site, submitted by Ontario Power Generation in April 2011
OPG's response to joint review panel information request package #11 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)  
Completed by JRP
June 6, 2013  

Notice of public hearings posted


Completed by JRP

June 18, 2013

The Panel has determined that the environmental impact statement and the documents in support of the application for a licence to prepare a site and construct, along with additional information supplied by Ontario Power Generation, is sufficient to proceed to a public hearing.
JRP holds public hearings
Completed by JRP
September 16 to October 11 2013 To hear views about the EIS and the application for a licence to prepare site and construct from the public, Aboriginal groups, OPG and other stakeholders.
JRP extends public hearing
Completed by JRP
October 28 to 30, 2013 To address the session on licensing, permits and authorizations for a licence to prepare a site and construct.
Information request package #12 from the Deep Geologic Repository JRP (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by
JRP
November 8, 2013
OPG's response to the joint review panel's information request Package #12 – EIS-12-512 (PDF) (source: CEAA) Completed by
OPG
January 22, 2014
OPG's response to the JRPS's information request package #12 – EIS-12-511 (PDF) (source: CEAA) Completed by
OPG
January 30, 2014
Information request package #12a from the Deep Geologic Repository JRP (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by
OPG
  February 4, 2014
Information request package #13 from the Deep Geologic Repository JRP (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by
OPG
  March 25, 2014
OPG's response to the JRP's information request package #12 – EIS-12-510 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)  
Completed by
OPG
March 28, 2014
OPG's response to the JRP's information request #12a – EIS-12a-512 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by
OPG
April 4, 2014
OPG's response to the JRP's information request #12 – EIS-12-513 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by
OPG
April 4, 2014
Information request package #12b from the Deep Geologic Repository joint review panel (PDF) (Source CEAA)
Completed by JRP
  April 15, 2014
OPG's response to JRP's information request #13 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by
OPG
May 9, 2014
OPG's clarification comments on relative risk of community acceptance in information request EIS-12-513 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by
OPG
May 9, 2014
CNSC staff response to the JRP's information request package #13-EIS-515 (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by
CNSC
May 9, 2014
OPG’s response to the JRP’s information request package 12b (PDF) (Source: CEAA)
Completed by
OPG
May 30, 2014

JRP issues public hearing schedule


Completed by JRP
August 26, 2014 To hear views in relation to the subject of the information requests issued by the panel since November 2013.
Notice of public hearings
Completed by JRP
June 3, 2014 The joint review panel for the Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste (DGR) has scheduled additional public hearing days.
Amended public hearing procedures.
JRP resumes public hearings


Completed by JRP

September 9-18, 2014

To hear views in relation to the subject of the information requests issued by the Panel since November 2013.

Webcasts and Transcripts of the Public Hearings - September 9 to 18, 2014 webcasts

Joint review panel announces deadlines for closing remarks from hearing participants


Completed by JRP

September 19, 2014 The JRP provided instructions that registered hearing participants will have 20 days to submit written closing remarks (Procedure for closing remarks by proponent and registered hearing participants) (Source: CEAA).
Joint review panel announces that the panel has closed the record for the project’s environmental assessment (Source: CEAA)


Completed by JRP

November 19, 2014 The JRP gave notice that the panel has closed the record for the project’s environmental assessment. Effective immediately, no additional comments or information will be accepted by the Panel.
JRP submits the environmental assessment report to the federal Minister of the Environment
(Source: CEAA)

JRP news release
(Source: CEAA)


Completed by JRP

May 6, 2015
Minister of the Environment's decision on the environmental assessment Expected from the federal Minister of the Environment February 18, 2016 Public Notice
Deep Geologic Repository Project — Ministerial Request for Additional Information
JRP issues licence to prepare site and construct Expected from
the JRP


TBD If the Minister of the Environment's decision is that the project may proceed, the JRP could issue Licence to prepare site and construct.

Operation

Project milestone Responsibility
and status
Date Comment
CNSC and other federal authorities Applicant

OPG applies for a licence to operate

Expected from
OPG

TBD

CNSC holds public earings

Expected from CNSC

TBD

CNSC holds public hearings on the OPG application for a licence to operate and decides on the application.