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What is Radiation?

Radiation is energy in the form of waves or particles. Radiation doesn’t just come from nuclear energy. It’s all around us – and we’re exposed to both natural and man-made sources of radiation daily. Heat and light from the sun are examples of naturally occurring radiation. Microwaves, radio waves, and television signals are other common forms of everyday radiation.

Radiation in our daily lives

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulates the nuclear energy industry to limit the radiation that our employees and neighbours receive. Using studies performed by the International Commission on Radiological Protection on acceptable levels of radiation exposure, the CNSC has set limits for workers of 50 mSv per year, or 100 mSv per five-year span.

The regulatory limit for members of the public is set at 1 mSv. BWXT NEC is well below that limit. Additional information on environmental performance for Toronto can be found in the latest Annual Compliance Report.