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Nuclear facility – Near Surface Disposal Facility

The near surface disposal facility (NSDF), an engineered disposal facility for low‑level radioactive waste, will be constructed by CNL on the Chalk River Laboratories site. The facility will be a mound built at near-surface level, consisting of disposal cells with a base liner and cover as well as systems to collect leachate, detect leaks and monitor the environment. The NSDF will have an expected operating life of at least 50 years.

All waste disposed of at the facility will be required to meet established waste acceptance criteria to ensure compliance with operational and long-term safety requirements.

Location: Deep River, Ontario on the Chalk River Laboratories campus
Licensee: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Owner: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Status: Licence to construct
Licence issued: January 8, 2024
Licence expires: March 31, 2028
Licensing documentation: Request a copy of CNL’s licence and licence conditions handbook by emailing
Facility website: CNL’s near surface disposal facility web page

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