NUCLEAR SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

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Contact

Rachna Cla​vero
Director, Nuclear Safety and Environmental Affairs
Rachna.Clavero@CANDU.org
416-595-1888 x5123

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NUCLEAR SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS​

Nuclear Safety and Environmental Affairs (NSEA) facilitates industry alignment on industry and regulatory standards, including the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), the Ministry of Environment, Ontario (MOE), Canadian Standards Association, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) standards, and aggregates collective wisdom across the industry to solve complex nuclear safety and licensing issues.

NSEA, working on behalf of members, promotes the adoption of common strategies and plans for the resolution of issues related to nuclear safety​, regulatory affairs and the environment. 

This is accomplished through: 

  • Nuclear Safety Peer Group (NSPG): provides a mecha​nism for the Canadian nuclear utilities and AECL to co-ordinate engineering and safety analysis activities aimed at evaluating and resolving nuclear safety and safety-related regulatory issues that are of common interest. This helps to efficiently evaluate issues, pool expert knowledge and thereby enhance the quality of the final evaluations and positions taken by the industry. NSPG ​​also facilitates interactions between the industry and the CNSC to discuss and resolve common issues and to develop clear and achievable closure criteria for generic safety and licensing issues and other risk-informed decision making safety issues identified by the CNSC.

  • Regulatory Affairs Managers Peer Group (RAMPG):  ​shares regulatory affairs issues common to the industry. The group creates task teams aimed at resolving license issues. RAMPG co-ordinates regulatory assessments aimed at evaluating and resolving regulatory issues that are of common interest. This provides an environment to efficiently evaluate issues, pool expert knowledge and resources and enhance the quality of the formal evaluations and positions taken by the industry. The group provides a mechanism for the industry to work with the regulator at a senior level to discuss and resolve common regulatory issues to develop clear and achi​evable closure criteria for regulatory issues. Influencing regulatory change for greater clarity, streamlined processes and reduced overlap and managing the review of draft regulatory documents to ensure that industry feedback to the regulator is consistent.​

  • Nuclear Environmental Affairs Peer Group (NEAPG) : made up of the Environmental Managers of Canadian COG​ Member companies and the Director of Regulatory Affairs, the Canadian Nuclear Association. NEAPG has been meeting since 2001 to discuss and resolve environmental issues of common concern.

Task teams have been formed in these three areas to address specific issues.​ As well, in 2016-17, COG formed a Radioactive Waste Leadership Forum and a SMR Technology Forum​.

 

NSEA at COG​

​INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION​

COG reviews and coordinates the interface with the IAEA for Canadian utilities while maintaining strong links with SNC-Lavalin and CNL. This includes participation on the IAEA Nuclear Safety Standards Committee (NUSSC) and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI, Washington) Integration Committee.​

​SUPPORT TO THE CNO
FORUM

​NSEA provides operational support to the Chief Nuclear Officer Forum (CNOF). This includes regularly-scheduled meetings with executive and Director-General level staff in the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).​

​WORKING WITH THE
REG​ULATOR

​All COG teams in the NSEA program are sponsored under the Chief Nuclear Officers Forum, Chief Nuclear Engineers Forum or the Regulatory Affairs VPs Forum. In several cases, the teams interface with their counterparts in the CNSC to clarify regulatory expectations and discuss progress on resolution of outstanding safety/licensing issues. Some teams collaborate with other organizations such as the CNA and CSA. These activities also have potential to inform international Member regulations. ​

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