- October 29, 2012: Update on Order issued to Cameco on Blind River Refinery incident
- July 16, 2012: Response from Cameco to CNSC on Blind River Refinery incident
- July 6, 2012: CNSC request to Cameco, pursuant to subsection 12(2) of the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations, about the Blind River Refinery uranium contamination event
- June 29, 2012: Contamination incident at Cameco’s Blind River Refinery
- April 19, 2011: Update to regulatory action issued to all Class I facilities and uranium mines and mills in Canada
- March 22, 2011: CNSC request to all Class I nuclear facilities and uranium mines and mills in Canada pursuant to subsection 12(2) of the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) licenses a uranium refining facility in Blind River, Ontario.
Blind River refinery
The refinery, which Cameco Corporation owns and is licensed to operate, began operating in 1983 and is licensed to convert up to 18,000 tonnes of uranium ore concentrate to uranium trioxide annually. The uranium trioxide is then further processed into uranium dioxide or uranium hexafluoride at Cameco’s uranium conversion facility in Port Hope, Ontario.
CNSC personnel routinely inspect and evaluate the Blind River facilities to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions. CNSC personnel also meet periodically with the public, community members and other interested parties to inform them of current and upcoming issues related to regulation of the licensed facilities.
About 65 km northeast of Blind River is Elliot Lake, where several decommissioned uranium mine sites are situated.
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