Public Disclosure

Welcome. We’ve separated our public disclosures into the current year and archives. 

2017

Transport Incident by a Nordion Service Provider

Kanata, Ontario — July 6, 2017
At approximately 7:30 AM this morning, a truck owned and operated by a Nordion service provider was involved in a traffic accident on March Road, in Kanata, while transporting four cleaned and empty transport packages away from the facility. At the time of the accident, the truck was stopped at a traffic light, where it was struck from behind by another vehicle. In keeping with established safety protocols, the package was examined on the scene by a Nordion radiation specialist who confirmed that no adverse effects to the packages or their securement had occurred, and no radiation contamination was detected. Repairs to the truck trailer were completed on scene and it resumed its route by 9:45 AM.

Nordion’s Community Café 2016

Kanata, Ontario — January 4, 2017
Nordion’s Community Café was held in October 2016. Between then and now, we have developed a comprehensive review of the session. We invite you to read both the Nordion’s Community Café – Result (PDF) document and Nordion’s Community Café – Q&A (PDF) document.

2017 — Reports

Annual Compliance and
Operational
Performance Report*
 
CNSC Review of Nordion’s Performance
 
Quarterly Event Reports*
 
 
 
*Some portions of these reports have been redacted on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.

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2016

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Production and sale of Iodine-125, Iodine-131 and Xenon

Kanata, Ontario — July 13, 2016
In response to shifting market conditions and more competitive global business dynamics, Nordion has announced that it will cease production and sale of Iodine-125 and Iodine-131 radiochemicals as well as Xenon effective October 31st , 2016. There will be no impact to our Environmental, Health and Safety programs as a result of this change.

CNSC Independent Environmental Monitoring

Kanata, Ontario — June 29, 2016
Nordion has developed, implemented and maintains an environmental monitoring program to ensure that the public and the environment are protected from emissions related to the facility’s nuclear activities. Between June 28-30 the CNSC is conducting Independent Environmental Monitoring around Nordion’s site. This includes taking air, water and soil samples. The CNSC’s Independent Environmental Monitoring Program has been established to verify that the public and environment around CNSC-regulated nuclear facilities are not adversely affected by releases to the environment. Results of the monitoring will be posted on the CNSC website.
Click here to visit the CNSC IEMP website.

Emergency Response Training Exercise

Kanata, Ontario — June 14, 2016
On June 14, 2016, Nordion evacuated their March Road facility in Kanata as part of an emergency response exercise. The ability to safely evacuate the occupants of any building is very important to mitigate the impact of an emergency. Nordion holds exercises involving practice evacuation on a regular basis as part of its Emergency Management Program to ensure appropriate preparedness for the unlikely event of an emergency at the Nordion site. This exercise has successfully concluded and we thank all those who participated.
Kanata, Ontario — June 14, 2016
Nordion is holding a training exercise this afternoon to test our emergency response plan as part of our efforts to build and maintain a strong emergency management program. This exercise includes the participation of Ottawa Fire Services who have emergency vehicles on site. Joint exercises are important for both Nordion and Ottawa emergency services in order to improve response capabilities and ensure an integrated response in the unlikely event that there is an emergency at the Nordion site.

False Alarm Reported at Nordion Operations in Kanata

Kanata, Ontario — June 3, 2016
On Friday, June 3rd at 3:02 p.m. Nordion evacuated a facility as a result of a fire alarm. The alarm proved to be false. As per Ottawa Fire Services practices, a fire truck was dispatched and was briefly on site to validate the false alarm.
The ability to safely evacuate the occupants of any building is very important to mitigate the impact of an emergency. Nordion holds practice evacuation exercises on a regular basis as part of its Emergency Management Program to ensure appropriate preparedness for the unlikely event of an emergency at the Nordion site.

Fire Alarm Reported at Nordion – Heating Plant Building in Kanata

Kanata, Ontario — April 13, 2016
At approximately 11:19 AM this morning, a fire alarm occurred at the Nordion facilities in Kanata, Ontario. Nordion personnel quickly investigated and determined that it was a false alarm. Ottawa Fire Services responded to Nordion, assessed the site of the alarm within the building and issued the all clear at 11:33. This resulted in Nordion personnel safely evacuating the Heating Plant Building in line with company’s standard procedures for dealing with such situations.

2016 — Reports

Annual Compliance and
Operational
Performance Report*
 
CNSC Review of Nordion’s Performance
 
Quarterly Event Reports*
 
 
*Some portions of these reports have been redacted on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.
 

2015

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False Alarm Reported at Nordion Operations in Kanata

Kanata, Ontario — October 20, 2015
At approximately 10:38 am this morning a false fire alarm from our fire alarm system was reported at the Nordion facilities in Kanata, Ontario, that was caused by a false alarm from a duct smoke detector in an air handling unit in one of the Kanata buildings. This resulted in a brief evacuation of the facility in line with the company’s standard procedures for dealing with such situations. The circumstances of the alarm were quickly assessed and the facility returned to normal operations with only a brief interruption.

August 6 at 11:00pm – Update on Fire at the Nordion Operations Building and return to Production

Kanata, Ontario — On August 6, 2015, Ottawa Fire Services extinguished a fire on a part of the roof above a non-production area of the Operations Building at Nordion’s facility in Kanata.
No employees were injured or required medical attention.
Ottawa Police, Paramedics and Fire Services responded rapidly and, having ensured the situation is safe, left the premises this evening.
Employees will return to regular working hours on August 7 work and production will resume.
Nordion would like to thank the Ottawa Fire, Paramedics and Police Services for their quick response to the situation.
For more information, please contact: Tom Burnett mobile: 613-286-1844

August 6 at 3:00pm – Fire at the Nordion Operations Building

Kanata, Ontario — At approximately 10:15 AM on August 6, 2015, an alarm was triggered and a fire confirmed in the Operations Building at Nordion’s facility in Kanata.
Ottawa Police and Fire Services responded and have now confirmed that the fire has been extinguished, although some firefighters will remain onsite to monitor the situation. Ottawa Fire believes the fire began on a part of the roof of the building above a non-production area. No employees were injured or required medical attention.
Nordion is pleased that the implementation of our Emergency Response Plan (ERP) went smoothly. We are currently assessing any fire and water damage to determine when employees can return to the building.
Nordion would like to thank the Ottawa Fire and Police services for their quick response to the situation. Further updates on the situation will be provided as needed.
For more information, please contact: Tom Burnett mobile: 613-286-1844

August 6 at 12:45pm – Fire at the Nordion Operations Building

Kanata, Ontario — At approximately 10:15 AM on August 6, 2015, an alarm was triggered and a fire confirmed in the Operations Building at Nordion’s facility in Kanata. As a result, Nordion has implemented its Emergency Response Plan (ERP). All employees have been evacuated from the facility and Ottawa Fire, Police and emergency services are on site dealing with the situation. No employees were injured or required medical attention.
The fire is now confirmed to be out and Nordion is working with emergency service responders to ensure the situation is concluded swiftly and safely.
Nordion will provide an update on the situation and next steps as they become clear.
For more information, please contact: Tom Burnett mobile: 613-286-1844

Emergency Responders called to Nordion site on July 29, 2015

Nordion Security called Ottawa police and paramedics on July 29 to respond to a member of the public who had collapsed on Nordion’s property adjacent to March Road.  A Nordion Occupational, Health and Safety employee did attend to the individual while awaiting the arrival of emergency services. The patient was then left in the care of police and paramedics to determine next steps.

July 29, 2015 – Q2 2015 Event Report

Nordion published its Q2 2015 Event Report. To read the report, go to the “2015” section on this page and scroll to the chart.

May 21 and June 18, 2015 – License Renewal 2015

Nordion is applying to re-license its nuclear facility located in Kanata. We placed ads in the Kanata Kourier on May 21 and June 18 to invite community members to put forward letters and/or presentations to convey an opinion or show support towards the re-license and, on June 18, sent a permission-based email to members of the local community. Learn more about License Renewal 2015.

May 4, 2015 – Q1 2015 Event Report

Nordion published its Q1 2015 Event Report. To read the report, go to the “2015” section on this page and scroll to the chart.

January 29, 2015 – Q4 2014 Event Report

Nordion published its Q4 2014 Event Report. To read the report, go to the “2014” section on this page and scroll to the chart.
 

2015 — Reports

Annual Compliance and
Operational
Performance Report*
 
CNSC Review of Nordion’s Performance
 
Quarterly Event Reports*
 
*Some portions of these reports have been redacted on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.
 

2014

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December 18, 2014 – Ad in the Kanata Kourier

Nordion placed an ad in the Kanata Kourier. The purpose of the ad was to advise the local community that we were reviewing our Public Information Program and invite the public to contact us to help ensure that the information we share is timely, useful and relevant to the communities in which we live and work.

December 10, 2014 – Nordion’s Community Café

Nordion hosted an information session for the local community at The Brookstreet Hotel. The 90-minute session included 30 minutes of networking over refreshments and snacks, a 30-minute information session on Nordion products and services and its Environmental Health and Safety program, and a 30-minute Q&A.

September 4, 2014 – Administrative Monetary Penalty Issued by CNSC

On September 4, 2014, Nordion was informed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) that the Company has been fined ,760 under the Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) program. This fine is for an administrative failure relating to the submission of complete documentation to the CNSC after the completion of export shipments of Nordion products.
Nordion takes all matters pertaining to safety and security seriously. The company acknowledges the error, is investigating and is working to take corrective action in order to avoid a recurrence.

February 14, 2014 – Fire Alarm and Response

On Friday, February 14th at 10:45 a.m., we began evacuating a facility as a result of a fire alarm. The alarm proved to be false and the evacuation was suspended. As per Ottawa Fire Services practices, a fire truck was dispatched and was briefly on site to validate the false alarm. The ability to safely evacuate the occupants of any building is very important to mitigate the impact of an emergency.
We hold practice evacuation exercises on a regular basis as part of our Emergency Management Program to ensure appropriate preparedness for the unlikely event of an emergency at the Nordion site.
 
Annual Compliance and
Operational
Performance Report*
CNSC Review of Nordion’s Performance
Quarterly Event Reports*
 
 
 2013 Nordion’s Report  2013 CNSC’s Review
 
2011 Nordion’s Report
 
2011 CNSC’s Review  
*Some portions of these reports have been redacted on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.

 

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