Blind River Refinery Licence Renewal

Blind River Refinery Licensing Renewal

Cameco’s Blind River Refinery (BRR) holds a Class 1B Fuel Facility Operating (FFOL) Licence issued by Canada’s nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The current licence FFOL-3632.00/2022, issued on February 28, 2012 is valid until February 28, 2022.

On September 30, 2020, Cameco applied to the CNSC to renew its licence for a period of 10 years. Cameco is not requesting any changes to the currently licensed activities.

BRR has a long history of safe operations and has maintained strong operational and safety performance throughout the current licence period. Throughout this period:

  • Workers were safe and properly protected. BRR achieved 14 years without a lost time injury.
  • Environmental emissions were controlled to levels at a fraction of the release limits and BRR did not exceed any environmental action levels.
  • Cameco invested in the local community and provided financial support and resources to local organizations.

If you have any questions about the licence renewal process, please contact us at 1.905.800.2020 or

Key Dates

Public Commission Hearing – November 24-25, 2021
Intervention Deadline – October 19, 2021

CNSC’s Notice of Hearing:

Notice of Public Hearing and Participant Funding (PDF 257KB)


Blind River Refinery Licence Renewal - Cover Letter (PDF 601KB)

Blind River Refinery Licence Renewal - Application (PDF 2MB)

Blind River Refinery Licence Renewal - Review of the Environmental Risk Assessment (812KB)

Program summaries:

Blind River Refinery - Environmental Risk Assessment (PDF 14MB)

Blind River Refinery - Facility Licensing Manual (PDF 1MB)

Related materials:

Click to view presentation Terry Davis, general manager of the Blind River Refinery gave an update on operations and our licence renewal application to the Town of Blind River on February 16 and to the Mississauga First Nation on February 17