OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/03/13 -- The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced that new measures come into effect to strengthen safety and environmental protection in Canada's nuclear sector - the Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations.
The new regulations authorize the use of financial penalties for violations of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act. They are designed to address violations and instances of non-compliance with the Act early, and effectively, so that larger issues do not arise. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will begin implementation of the regulations immediately.
"As part of our Responsible Resource Development plan, our Government is strengthening the nuclear safety regime, which protects Canadians and our environment," said Minister Oliver. "Canada has a world-class regulator in the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Administrative monetary penalties will provide it with an additional means to enforce accountability and compliance."
He added, "These penalties are to address issues early, preempting the use of more severe enforcement measures which can include court imposed sentences of $1 million and/or five years in jail for an indictable offence and $500,000 and/or 18 months in jail for a summary conviction."
These monetary penalties could range up to a maximum of $25,000 for individuals and up to a maximum of $100,000 for companies. Each day a violation continues is considered a separate incident and subject to an additional fine.
In developing the new regulations, the CNSC carried out public consultations and consulted directly with stakeholders and other interested organizations and individuals. CNSC also issued a discussion paper and held information sessions for licensees.
The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials in Canada, to protect health, safety, security and the environment, and to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
The Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on July 3, 2013.
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