About the LLRWMO
The Low-Level Radioactive
Waste Management Office (LLRWMO) was established in 1982 to carry out the
responsibilities of the federal government for historic
low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) in Canada.
The LLRWMO manages LLRW
at several large and numerous small historic waste sites located throughout
Canada, including locations in Ontario, Alberta and the Northwest
Territories. Small volumes of LLRW are removed to the LLRWMO storage
buildings at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited's (AECL) Chalk River
Laboratories (CRL), whereas larger volumes of waste are typically managed at
or near these sites.
At some of the historic
waste sites, materials have been placed in interim storage pending the
development and implementation of a long-term management approach. The
LLRWMO provides ongoing monitoring, inspection and maintenance at these
Historic waste at these
sites includes contaminated soil, building materials and other items.
The mandate of the LLRWMO is to:
- resolve historic Low-Level radioactive waste problems that are a federal
- address public information needs concerning low-level radioactive waste.