Wheeler River Project

Wheeler River projefct Timeline related to the envorinmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Wheeler River Project from Denison Mines Corporation Wheeler River project timeline Wheeler River project Timeline related to the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Wheeler River Project from Denison Mines Corporation May 31, 2019 Notice of commencement of an EA May 31, 2019Public comments invited on project description December 2019 Commission hearing on the scope of the EA December 20, 2019Record of Decision on the scope of the EA To be confirmed Notice of Participant Funding Offering (1) To be confirmed Denison submission of draft environmental impact statement (EIS) To be confirmed CNSC and federal/provincial technical review of draft EIS To be confirmed Public comments invited on draft EIS To be confirmed CNSC open houses To be confirmed Denison submission of final EIS To be confirmedNotice of Participant Funding Offering (2) To be confirmedCNSC staff Commission member document (CMD) and EA report available for public review To be confirmedPublic intervention deadline To be confirmed Commission hearing for EA To be confirmedCommission decision announcement

About the project

In February 2019, the CNSC received a project description from Denison Mines Corporation (Denison) for the proposal to develop an in situ recovery uranium mining and processing operation located in the Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan, approximately 600 km north of the City of Saskatoon.

CNSC authorization is required in the form of a licence issued under subsection 24(2) of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA) in order for the project to proceed. However, an environmental assessment (EA) is required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) before the Commission can make an NSCA licensing decision.

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About the environmental assessment

Because this project was initiated under CEAA 2012 and led by the CNSC, the EA will continue under this process. The Impact Assessment Act,which came into force August 28, 2019, contains provisions that allows projects to continue this way.

An EA under CEAA 2012 is a planning and decision-making tool. Its objectives are to minimize or avoid adverse environmental effects before they occur and incorporate environmental factors into decision making. The EA will consider all phases of the project that require a licence. This includes site preparation, construction, operation and decommissioning.

An EA decision affirming that the proposed activities will not cause significant adverse environmental effects is required, before the CNSC can make a licensing decision on this proposal.

This project is also subject to the environmental assessment requirements of the Government of Saskatchewan.

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About the CNSC’s review of the proposed project

CNSC staff will undertake a review of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) pursuant to CEAA 2012. As the responsible authority for conducting the EA, the CNSC will work with other federal and provincial departments to verify the draft EIS and its technical supporting documentation. A final EIS submission is required before the CNSC can complete its assessment and proceed with public hearings.

About participation opportunities

Indigenous peoples, members of the public and stakeholders will have several opportunities to provide feedback on the project. The draft EIS will be available for comment once it has been submitted by Denison. All questions and comments received during the public comment period must be addressed by Denison as part of its final EIS.

Following the receipt of a final EIS, the EA report will be available to Indigenous peoples, members of the public and stakeholders in a Commission member document at least 60 days prior to the Commission’s public hearing. Indigenous peoples, members of the public and stakeholders will also have the opportunity to participate in the hearing through written submissions and/or oral interventions.

In addition, throughout the EA process, CNSC staff will engage with key communities within the regional project area through open houses, information booths at community events, and webinars. Updates will be posted on both the CNSC website and the Registry website on a regular basis as well as circulated to mailing distribution lists.

Additional information

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