OTTAWA, April 23 /CNW/ - Statement by Denise Carpenter, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear
Association on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident:
"As we reflect on the tragic events of April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl
power plant in Ukraine, we remember those who perished, those who lost
loved ones and those whose lives were forever affected. The accident
shocked the nuclear community, and showed us that the industry had to
The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) was created in
response to the Chernobyl accident to foster international cooperation
and dialogue among the nuclear industry. From this tragedy emerged a
culture of collaboration and a commitment to continuous safety among
the global nuclear community.
With the March 2011 events at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant
unfolding almost exactly 25 years after Chernobyl, we also recognize
our industry needs to remain diligent. Through WANO, Canada has been
taking part in ongoing dialogues with colleagues around the world,
including Japan, to learn and share invaluable information.
Here at home, all Canadian operators have committed to the Canadian
Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) that we will work together via a joint
committee to ensure the safety and accident management processes of our
operations are robust, and that timely action is taken to address any
lessons learned from Fukushima.
Planning for the unthinkable makes our industry stronger and safer. As
we assist the Japanese, we are improving our already strong emergency
As an industry, we are committed to working together in the coming weeks
and years to share lessons learned in the pursuit of nuclear
excellence. But today, on behalf of the 71,000 workers in Canada's
nuclear industry, we pause to remember those affected by the Chernobyl
accident and the recent events in Japan."
SOURCE CANADIAN NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION
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