Environment & Safety

Safety

Cameco Fuel Manufacturing (CFM) has an excellent safety record. The operation has systematic programs to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks and engage all workers and managers in development of a strong safety culture. These programs follow the international OHSAS 18001 model and have delivered excellent safety performance.

Full-time equivalent dose

(mSv/yr)

  2017
CFM 1.5

Radiation Protection

Radiation risks are effectively managed at CFM through a formal radiation protection program and dedicated personnel who ensure that doses to workers are as low as reasonably achievable. The program ensures that radiation protection is considered in the physical design of all facilities and operating procedures. It also provides for systematic monitoring of radiation in work areas and tracking the exposures of individual workers using a combination of monitoring devices and health testing. Radiation exposures at CFM are far below regulatory limits.

Environmental Protection

Environmental protection at CFM is assured through an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system. These programs ensure that the environmental aspects associated with the facilities are systematically identified and controlled. Comprehensive environmental monitoring ensures that emissions to air and water are kept as low as reasonably achievable and well below regulatory limits.

Environmental Incidents and Other Events​​

Environmental incidents and other events are reported to regulatory agencies as required by federal and provincial regulations. This includes releases to the environment reportable to Ontario Ministry of Environment's Spills Action Centre.

Latest Incident or Event

Date January 31, 2019
Incident

Reportable Spill

Details A small release of nitrogen was detected in a valve on storage equipment located at Cameco Fuel Manufacturing in Port Hope. Cameco contacted the owners of the equipment to notify them and request a repair. There were no injuries and no impact to the environment as a result of this incident.
Corrective Action

The owners of the on-site equipment were notified. Cameco notified the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Spills Action Centre and the Municipality of Port Hope.

Cameco Environmental Effect Rating 1

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Date January 31, 2019
Incident

Reportable Spill

Details A small release of nitrogen was detected in a valve on storage equipment located at Cameco Fuel Manufacturing in Port Hope. Cameco contacted the owners of the equipment to notify them and request a repair. There were no injuries and no impact to the environment as a result of this incident.
Corrective Action

The owners of the on-site equipment were notified. Cameco notified the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Spills Action Centre and the Municipality of Port Hope.

Cameco Environmental Effect Rating 1

 

Date November 28, 2018
Incident

False Fire Alarm

Details The Port Hope Fire Department responded to an automated fire alarm at Cameco Fuel Manufacturing in Port Hope just after 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 28. This was a false alarm due to a failed heat detection sensor in an auxiliary building. There was no danger to employees or the public.
Corrective Action

Emergency response personnel attended and confirmed it was a false alarm.

Cameco Environmental Effect Rating N/A

 

 

Cameco Environmental Effect Rating

  • Level 1 - no measurable impact to the environment
  • Level 2 - negligible impact
  • Level 3 - short-term, seasonal impact
  • Level 4 - mortality of some species, but not affecting ecosystem function
  • Level 5 - impairment of ecosystem function
  • N/A - not applicable

Waste Management

Solid wastes contaminated by uranium are reprocessed, recycled and re-used to the extent possible. Waste materials that cannot be reprocessed, recycled or re-used are safely stored on site until appropriate disposal options are available.

Wastes generated at the facility are segregated at the point of generation into contaminated and non-contaminated. Non-contaminated waste is either recycled or transferred to a suitable facility. Contaminated waste is stored in appropriate containers pending assessment of recycling or disposal options.

Decommissioning

Detailed plans and financial guarantees are in place to ensure that sufficient funds are in place to restore CFM facilities to public use once the operation reaches the end of its productive life.

Environmental Assessment

All new significant changes to existing operations may be subject to environmental assessments to identify potential effects on the environment.

Regulatory Oversight

CFM is licensed and regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The operation is also subject to other federal and provincial regulations for the protection of people and the environment, including by Environment Canada and Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment. Federal and provincial regulators conduct regular site inspections and audits to verify that people and the environment are protected.