The Nuclear Fuel Waste Act and Canada’s Plan for the Long-Term Management of its Nuclear Fuel Waste
by Ramona Sladic, 2015.
26 pp. Occasional Paper #47. $15.00 (softcover)
In 2002, the Government of Canada passed the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA) which came into force on November 15 of the same year. The purpose of the NFWA is to “provide a framework to enable the Governor-in-Council to make, from the proposals of the waste management organization, a decision on the management of nuclear fuel waste that is based on a comprehensive, integrated and economically sound approach for Canada.”
This paper will address Canada’s plan for the long-term management of its nuclear fuel waste. In addition to exploring the plan itself, the specific issues for analysis and discussion include a review of the key provisions of the NFWA, which serve as the legislative underpinnings for the development of Canada’s plan; a discussion of the waste management organization created pursuant to the NFWA; identification of the substantive progress that has been made in satisfying the intentions of the NFWA; a review of the legal challenges that have been brought forward involving the NFWA, the waste management organization, and the plan to date; and a hypothetical challenge that could be made to Canada’s plan.