AECL provides NRU Video Status Update



    Chalk River Information Bulletin

    CHALK RIVER, ON, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
releases two video updates of its National Research Universal (NRU) Return to
Service Plan activities, including a more detailed look at the non-destructive
examinations currently under way at Chalk River Laboratories.
    The videos feature NRU Return to Service Project Director, David Cox, and
AECL Research Scientist, Hélène Hébert, who outline some of the preparation
work necessary in advance of repairing the reactor. Viewers can learn how
sound waves are being used by AECL to determine the thickness of the reactor
vessel walls. A full-scale mock-up of a portion of the NRU has been
constructed at AECL and can be seen on the video update.
    The videos can be downloaded at AECL's NRUCanada.ca website, developed to
keep stakeholders informed of the NRU Return to Service Plan, or at
http://cnw.pathfireondemand.com/viewpackage.action?packageid=204.
    AECL's top priority is returning the NRU reactor to service as safely and
as quickly as possible. Guidance on the duration of the shutdown continues to
be founded on the best evidence of a reactor vessel condition assessment
currently underway. Evidence collected to date continues to support AECL's
belief that the necessary vessel repairs can be made and that NRU will be
returned to service.
    AECL continues to work very closely with the Canadian Nuclear Safety
Commission (CNSC), and CNSC safety inspectors are directly involved at the
Chalk River site.
    There is no threat to workers, the public, the environment or nuclear
safety related to this event.
    Real-time RSS news subscriptions available at NRUCanada.ca.





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For further information: Dale Coffin, Director, Corporate
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