“Exciting things” happening at CNL

by Terry Myers

“Exciting things” are happening at the Chalk River labs and will continue to happen over the next five to 10 years.

That was the message last week as Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) held a small public meeting in the former Keys School building in Deep River. 

The meeting was also offered to the public by webcast but was not widely advertised.
About 20 members of the public turned out for the event.

Speakers for AECL included Claude Lajeunesse, chair of AECL’s board of directors, and Richard Sexton, AECL’s new president and chief executive officer.

Lajeunesse noted that Chalk River has been “proudly leading innovation” in Canada for six decades, with the work at the labs giving rise to Candu nuclear technology, life-saving medical isotope, and numerous advancements in nuclear safety and security.

Overall, he said, research at Chalk River led to the creation of a $6 billion a year industry and two Nobel Prize winners.

Now, following the restructuring of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) under the “government owned, contractor operated” (GoCo) model, the federal government has confirmed a “clear long-term mandate” for AECL, he said – “enabling nuclear science and technology” and “managing Canada’s radioactive waste and decommissioning responsibilities.”

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