Fukushima accident – Canada’s action plan

The CNSC has established a four-year Action Plan to ensure that the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident are applied in Canada to enhance the safety of our nuclear facilities.

CNSC Integrated Action Plan

Shortly after the accident, the CNSC launched a review of all major nuclear facilities in Canada.

The review, led by a CNSC Task Force, confirmed that nuclear facilities in Canada are able to withstand and respond to credible external events, such as earthquakes.

In response to Task Force recommendations and following extensive consultation activities, the CNSC established an action plan to further strengthen the safety of nuclear power plants and other major nuclear facilities.

Actions related to both nuclear power plants and other major facilities are segmented in four categories:

  • strengthening defence-in-depth
  • enhancing emergency response
  • improving the regulatory framework and processes
  • enhancing international collaboration

The CNSC Integrated Action Plan also includes measures to enhance communication and public education.

CNSC Assessment of the IAEA Director General Report of the Fukushima Daiichi Accident

This assessment presents the key observations and lessons learned identified in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) report, The Fukushima Daiichi Accident: Report by the Director General (DG-IAEA Report).

The purpose of the CNSC staff assessment is to benchmark the observations and action items identified in two CNSC documents: the CNSC Fukushima Task Force Report and the CNSC Integrated Action Plan on the Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident (CNSC Integrated Action Plan). CNSC staff are benchmarking these observations and action items against the DG-IAEA Report, to ensure all elements being considered by international peers are reflected in the Canadian review scope. Other organizations contributing to this review include Health Canada and Public Safety Canada.

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