Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Potassium Iodide (KI) Pill Working Group: Terms of Reference
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) held a public hearing from June 25–29, 2018 to consider the licence renewal application from Ontario Power Generation for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (NGS). A number of intervenors raised concerns about the distribution of potassium iodide (KI) pills in the event of an emergency, and more specifically, how the vulnerable population (children under 18, pregnant women and breastfeeding women) would obtain these pills.
At the hearing, the CNSC Executive Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Operations Officer made a commitment to the Commission to form a working group to provide clarity on the existing plans and associated responsible authorities to distribute KI pills (in the Ingestion Planning Zone (IPZ), within a 50-km radius) in the event of an emergency at the Pickering NGS. Responsibilities and guidance for planning, preparedness and response regarding iodine thyroid blocking are detailed in the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan (Master Plan and Implementing Plans).
On January 3, 2019, the Commission made publicly available its detailed Record of Decision for the renewal of Ontario Power Generation’s Power Reactor Operating Licence for the Pickering NGS. In the detailed Record of Decision the Commission provides support and direction to the CNSC KI Pill Working Group. The Terms of Reference have been developed in support of fulfilling commitments made to the Commission and direction received from the Commission.
This document details the Terms of Reference for this working group.
|1.1||The mandate of the CNSC KI Pill Working Group (the Working Group) is the following:
The Working Group will work cooperatively and proactively to fulfill its mandate in a timely manner. Upon completion of Phase I, the Working Group will proceed to Phase II. The Working Group will cease to operate following the completion of Phase II.
Strategy to meet mandate
|1.2||The strategy for Phase I of the Working Group is to focus on the following:
|1.3||The strategy for Phase II of the Working Group is to focus on the following:
|2.1||The Working Group is composed of representatives from the CNSC, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG), and each organization is a signatory to these terms of reference. The CNSC representatives are from the Directorate of Power Reactor Regulation and the Directorate of Security and Safeguards. The OFMEM, MOHLTC and OPG may select up to two permanent representatives each for the Working Group.|
|2.2||The Public Health Units from Peel Region, York Region, City of Toronto, Durham Region, Simcoe Muskoka District, Haliburton-Kawartha-Pine Ridge District, and Peterborough County may also select one permanent representative each for the Working Group. These Public Health Units are either located in the IPZ or have assigned roles and responsibilities (i.e., Peterborough) in a nuclear emergency at the Pickering NGS.|
|2.3||The Emergency Management Coordinators (EMCs) from the Region of Peel, Regional Municipality of York, City of Toronto, Regional Municipality of Durham, City of Kawartha Lakes, and City of Peterborough may also select one permanent representative each for the Working Group. These EMCs are either located in the IPZ or have assigned roles and responsibilities (i.e., City of Peterborough) in a nuclear emergency at the Pickering NGS.|
|2.4||The OFMEM, MOHLTC, EMCs and Public Health Units will liaise, as necessary, with other EMCs and Public Health Units that fall within the IPZ or have assigned roles and responsibilities in a nuclear emergency at Pickering. The CNSC and OPG will provide support, as needed.|
|2.5||Health Canada may also select one permanent representative for the Working Group.|
|2.6||The chairperson is selected from among the CNSC representatives by CNSC senior management. The chairperson’s role is to prepare the agenda for Working Group meetings, chair the Working Group meetings, and take responsibility for all organizational and communication issues. The chairperson can delegate their duties to the other CNSC representative at any time.|
|2.7||Three co-chairs are selected, one each from the OFMEM, MOHLTC and OPG, to serve as the primary contact for organizational issues and communication purposes. Co-chairs can delegate their duties to the other OFMEM, MOHLTC or OPG representatives at any time.|
|2.8||The chairperson and co-chairs are responsible for inviting any person(s) to participate in or observe meetings of the Working Group.|
|2.9||A representative of the CNSC serves as secretary for the Working Group. The secretary is responsible for the recording and distribution of meeting minutes, the distribution of all documents related to Working Group meetings, and any communications required in support of the Working Group.|
|2.10||Each member is responsible for meeting the timelines and objectives agreed to by the Working Group. All members are accountable for their area of responsibility. Members have the authority to negotiate and enlist the help of other staff, as needed. Because good communication is fundamental for success, members must inform the chairperson and co-chairs that a commitment cannot be met as soon as they know or suspect this to be so, and they must negotiate an alternate date or make alternate arrangements. Members are responsible for bringing any risk issues to the attention of the chairperson and co-chairs in a timely manner.|
|3.1||The Working Group will meet a minimum of once every six weeks. Additional meetings can be held with the consensus of the Working Group. The preferred method for Working Group meetings is face to face, but video and teleconferencing are also options.|
|3.2||Barring unforeseen circumstances, Working Group members who are unable to attend must notify the chairperson or the co-chair of their absence at least three working days before the meeting. Members have the option to participate by video or teleconferencing.|
|3.3||The chairperson is responsible for determining the time and place of the meetings. All members of the Working Group assume responsibility for their personal costs to attend.|
|3.4||The CNSC is responsible for the costs associated with the meeting, such as room rental and any associated hospitality. The Working Group members assume responsibility for the cost of their meals and transportation.|
|3.5||The objective is to send the agenda to the Working Group members one week before a meeting. Any documents required will be distributed at least three days before the meeting. The secretary of the Working Group will distribute a draft copy of the minutes no later than two weeks after each meeting. Members will have 10 working days to provide comments to the secretary so that the minutes can be prepared for approval at the next meeting. Meeting minutes of the Working Group will be made publicly available following concurrence of the minutes by all working group members.|
|4.1||The Working Group is responsible for the following deliverables cooperatively:
|4.2||CNSC staff are responsible for the following deliverables:
|4.3||CNSC staff will establish a special committee for the purpose of advising CNSC staff. Composition of the committee will be established by the CNSC. Operating Procedures will be developed by CNSC staff and circulated to members of the special committee for review and concurrence. The Operating Procedures and Meeting Minutes from all meetings will be made publicly available.|
|4.4||The Working Group will develop a project plan, outlining the deliverables and anticipated timelines.|
|4.5||CNSC staff will provide progress updates on the completion of all deliverables identified in point 4.1 and 4.2 to the Commission through the status report on power reactors.|
|4.6||The OFMEM and MOHLTC will provide progress updates on all deliverables identified in point 4.1 and 4.2 to the Ontario Nuclear Emergency Management Coordinating Committee.|
5.0 Review of the terms of reference
|5.1||The terms of reference are intended to support the effectiveness of the team by providing direction on team organization and work processes. This document can be reviewed and amended as needed with the agreement of all Working Group members. All amendments must be approved by the signatories to these terms of reference.|
6.0 Management oversight
|6.1||CNSC senior management will provide high-level strategic direction on systemic opportunities for improvement relating to the Working Group terms of reference, roles and responsibilities, and critical issues.|
|6.2||The Working Group members are responsible for disseminating any information from their respective senior management to the Working Group and ensuring any issues brought to the Working Group are raised with their senior management.|
|6.3||The senior management of all signatory parties may also engage directly, as needed.|
7.0 Management approval
I concur with these terms of reference and support the Working Group members and associated responsibilities.
Once these terms of reference have been signed, the Working Group will be enacted.
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