Proposed nuclear facility – Near Surface Disposal Facility

The Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) is a proposed engineered disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste that would be built on the Chalk River Laboratories site. The facility would be a mound, built at near-surface level, consisting of disposal cells with a base liner and cover as well as systems to collect leachate, detect leaks and monitor the environment. The NSDF would have an expected operating life of at least 50 years.

All waste to be disposed at the facility would be required to meet established waste acceptance criteria to assure compliance with operational and long-term safety requirements.

Conceptual rendering of the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) Project, seen from a western aerial view, showing the open mound and a road, surrounded by trees.

Photo: courtesy of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Location: Deep River, Ontario on the Chalk River Laboratories campus
Licensee: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)
Status: Application under review
Facility website: CNL’s Near Surface Disposal Facility webpage

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