The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) conducts annual inspections of the nuclear fuel cycle; here are some of its recent findings.
In its 2016-17 safety assessment, the CNSC stated that all five nuclear power plants were being operated safely:
The CNSC also reported the nuclear power industry scored 19 “fully satisfactory” ratings in 2016, the same number reported in 2015. Three of the five power plants received an average score of “fully satisfactory,” while the other two received a “satisfactory” score.
The CNSC’s 2016-17 safety assessment and 2016 oversight report found that uranium mines and mills, uranium processing facilities and nuclear substance processing facilities all met safety and environmental protection expectations:
To arrive at these conclusions, the CNSC conducted many inspections at the facilities, which included:
Specifically, all of the mines, mills, and processing facilities were rated as “satisfactory” or better in 2016.
In 2015, Best Theratronics received a “below expectations” rating in emergency management and fire protection, prompting the facility to make necessary improvements.
Nordion, which produces radioisotopes for the health- and life-sciences sector, as well as industrial radiation sources, consistently produces “fully satisfactory” scores in the area of environmental protection and security.