AECL carries an important radioactive waste and decommissioning liability, which is the result of decades of nuclear activities at its sites. This liability represents the estimated costs of cleaning-up existing waste areas, as well as safely decontaminating, demolishing and disposing of contaminated buildings and facilities. AECL’s objective is to address hazards in order to reduce risks and costs for Canada in a manner consistent with international best practices.
AECL is also responsible for fulfilling Canada’s responsibilities, with respect to historic low-level waste at sites, where the original owner no longer exists or cannot be held liable and for which the Government as accepted responsibility. This includes the clean-up and safe disposal of historic, low-level radioactive waste in the municipalities of Port Hope and Clarington, in Ontario.
Current initiatives to address AECL’s radioactive waste liabilities and led by CNL include: