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Nuclear Law, Oversight and Regulation: Seeking Public Dialogue and Democratic Transparency in Canada

  • Kerrie BlaiseEmail author
  • Theresa McClenaghan
  • Richard Lindgren
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Abstract

To begin public discourse on acceptable policies and strategies surrounding Canada’s continued reliance on nuclear energy and the waste legacy it generates, this chapter explains the work of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), the regulatory body which oversees Canada’s nuclear industry. The authors describe the federal laws surrounding nuclear licensing and environmental approvals. They comment on current plans relating to radioactive waste disposal and emergency planning in light of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. They conclude that to strengthen the independence of the CNSC, opportunities for meaningful public participation should be developed, Indigenous engagement in CNSC decision-making processes be affirmed, and the federal government’s role and responsibilities for nuclear emergency management clarified.

Keywords

Environmental Protection Human Health Nuclear Legacy Nuclear Oversight Nuclear Power Nuclear Waste Public Dialogue Transparent Decision-Making 

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© T.M.C. Asser press and the authors 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kerrie Blaise
    • 1
    Email author
  • Theresa McClenaghan
    • 1
  • Richard Lindgren
    • 1
  1. 1.Canadian Environmental Law AssociationTorontoCanada

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