Proposed nuclear facility – Rook I
In February 2019, the CNSC received an initial project description from NexGen Energy Ltd. for its proposal to construct and operate a new underground uranium mine on the Patterson Lake peninsula in the southwestern Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan, approximately 155 km north of the town of La Loche.
The proposed Rook I project includes underground and surface facilities to support the mining and processing of uranium ore. The main components include an underground mine, an onsite mill to process an average of 1,400 tonnes of ore per day, surface facilities to support the short- and long-term storage of waste rock and ore, an underground tailings management facility, water-handling infrastructure and an effluent treatment circuit, and additional infrastructure to support mining activities.
CNSC authorization is required in the form of a licence in order for the project to proceed. An environmental assessment is required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 before the Commission can make a licensing decision.
|Patterson Lake peninsula, northern Saskatchewan
|NexGen Energy Ltd.
|Application under review
|Regulatory review status:
|Regulatory review status for the Rook I project
|NexGen Energy Ltd.
- October 7, 2022: Summer 2022 update on the Rook I Project
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- February 20, 2020: Record of decision on the scope of an environmental assessment for the proposed Rook I project
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Protecting Canadians and the environment
An environmental assessment decision affirming that the proposed activities will not cause significant adverse environmental effects is required before the Commission can make a licensing decision on this proposal.
The CNSC uses information provided by licensees and applicants to create our own reports assessing the environmental effects of nuclear facilities or licensed activities.
- Independent Environmental Monitoring Program: Site-specific sampling plans for each nuclear facility
- Federal, provincial and municipal monitoring programs: List of monitoring programs managed by other levels of government
Health and safety
The CNSC oversees licensee emergency planning and works with other levels of government to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We also conduct and review health studies on various areas associated with the production, possession or use of nuclear substances.
- CNSC health studies on uranium miners: Relevant health studies of CNSC-regulated nuclear facilities and activities
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