Radioactive Waste Management Laboratory - CanmetMINING

Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Develops methods and innovative techniques to characterize, treat and stabilize both solid and liquid forms of radioactive wastes

Areas of expertise

Crushing, grinding, sieving, characterization and analysis of radioactive and/or hazardous solid materials in safe, dust controlled environment. Solidification of hazardous waste solutions or slurries using cementing matrices. Lixiviation of radioactive and/or hazardous elements from solid materials.

Research services

CanmetMINING provides unique expertise and a wide range of research and specialized services for its clients. The Business Office can arrange any of several forms of partnership to suit the particular needs of the client and to support Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Government of Canada priorities. Amongst the most frequently used are cooperative and cost-recovery business agreements. In addition to conducting basic and applied research, demonstrations and testing, we provide guidelines on intellectual property, licensing and marketing strategies to facilitate the transfer of technology.

Sectors of application
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Mining, minerals and metals



Thermo Scientific-X Series 2 ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer)

Elemental analysis

Agilent 700 Series ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer)

Elemental analysis

ELE International 500 Series

Compression testing machine to test mechanical strength of solid materials

Design Filtration CRE-5A1


Dust containment enclosures. Glove-box type units allowing the operation of dust-generating equipment in a safe manner.

Retsch RS 200

Vibratory disc mill

Retsch BB600 XL

Jaw crusher, large

Retsch BB50

Jaw crusher, small


Disc pulverizer

Pennsylvania A00-15 CF00-16

Hammer mill crusher for relatively large pieces of rock (~150 mm)

Union Process SD-30

Large attrition mill. Particle size reduction in dry or wet mode, or in liquid nitrogen.