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Hearings this fall on Blind River uranium refinery licence renewal

Online public information webinar scheduled for Oct. 5
Blind River refinery aerial
Blind River refinery (Cameco)

Cameco's Blind River uranium refinery is up for it 10-year licence renewal in 2022.

For public information purposes, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is hosting an Oct. 6 webinar on multiple safety and control areas of interest related to the renewal.

The facility's licence expires on Feb. 28, 2022.

Next week's webinar will provide information on the licence renewal application, provide information on specific safety and control areas, and explain to the public, Indigenous groups and potential intervenors how they can participate in the upcoming licence renewal hearing on Nov. 24 and 25.

The online event runs on Oct. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It will be hosted in English. Space is limited.

Register in advance through this link by noon on Oct. 5. 

The Blind River Refinery opened in 1983. It's the world's largest commercial uranium refinery.

The facility refines uranium concentrates, also known as yellowcake, to produce uranium trioxide (UO3), which is a product of the nuclear fuel cycle. 

Uranium ore concentrates are shipped to Blind River from mines around the world, including those in Canada, Australia and the United States. The UO3 is then shipped the Port Hope Conversion Facility for further processing.

The facility includes a processing plant, water treatment plant, power plant, and analytical labs.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment.

The commission said their staff have reviewed the licence renewal application and have concluded it complies with regulatory requirements and that Cameco's performance during the current licensing term was satisfactory.

Staff have also concluded the environmental and radiological risks remain low, and that Cameco’s performance in the area of conventional health and safety demonstrates activities are conducted safely.