Transport Canada

Next on the list was Transport Canada. I heard back from them a few minutes ago.

To issue a "Certificate" (which used to be a "Permit") to issue Dangerous Goods, Transport Canada uses the following procedure:

  • Classify the goods. If it's radioactive, this classification is deferred to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
  • Based on the classification the appropriate container is defined. Appropriate containers are defined by the CNSC for radio active material.
  • A shipping document is then issued (jointly with CNSC for radio active material).
  • An appropriate label is placed on the container. (e.g. for trucks transporting gasoline to petrol stations there's a red label with a 3 and a white flame).
  • The goods are shipped.

It can take up to a year for this process to happen and sometimes, even after a year of researching appropriate containers, the certificates still aren't issued.

Environmental Assessment Triggers

Today I talked to Brent from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Using the same list of inclusions (scroll down to #42) to determine what triggers an Environmental Assessment, it seems as though DFO can't trigger an EA either. They are specifically concerned with "The harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat" as it relates to intentional built projects and activities. Accidents are the responsibility of the agency who is performing an activity.

Public Hearing and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

Earlier today I got the news that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a public hearing on September 29 in Ottawa. The notice can be downloaded as a PDF from the CNSC Web site. I have repeated it here in HTML for those who prefer not to download documents.

July 29, 2010
Ref. 2010-H-09
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a one-day public hearing to consider the application by Bruce Power Inc. (Bruce Power) for a transport licence for the shipment of 16 steam generators by ship through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway to Sweden for recycling in the fall of 2010, from Bruce Power’s site located in Kincardine, Ontario.
Hearing: September 29, 2010
Place: CNSC Public Hearing Room, 14th floor, 280 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Time: as set by the agenda published prior to the hearing date

The public hearing will be webcasted live on the Internet via the CNSC Web site and archived for a period of 90 days.

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