Nuclear Industry Applauds Canada's Treaty Signing

OTTAWA, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian nuclear industry fully supports the federal government's decision to sign the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.

The president of the Canadian Nuclear Association, Dr. John Barrett, said, "This treaty is a good step toward an improved nuclear liability regime. It brings us closer to a global set of rules on liability, and aligns Canada with international standards."

The international convention, already signed by the United States and 15 other countries, enables a consistent international approach to managing nuclear liability. More countries with nuclear electric power generation capability will need to ratify the agreement before it takes effect.

"This treaty, combined with anticipated new legislation on liability, will go a long way toward improving the liability regime for Canadian nuclear operators," said Dr. Barrett. "We are in full support of the Government of Canada's nuclear liability initiatives."

The federal government announced a plan last June to amend the Nuclear Liability Act.

SOURCE Canadian Nuclear Association

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