The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) Commends the Government of Canada's Decision on Long-term Management of Canada's Used Nuclear Fuel



    OTTAWA, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The CNA welcomes today's announcement by
The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, accepting the
Adaptive Phased Management Approach for the long-term management of Canada's
used nuclear fuel proposed by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization
(NWMO).
    "I am pleased that the government is moving ahead with the plan which
features centralized containment and isolation of used nuclear fuel in a deep
geological repository with the option of a shallow underground storage
facility while the repository is being developed" said Murray Elston,
President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association.
    "The plan also provided continuous monitoring of the used fuel and offers
potential for retrieval for an extended period of time so that the fuel could
be re-processed for electricity generation in the future.
    "We favour the phased management approach because it is based on good
science and good technological research and is consistent with the path taken
by France, The United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Japan and The United States.
    "As the nuclear industry moves forward to provide the country with clean
non-emitting electricity it becomes even more important that we have a plan
for long-term management of our used fuel. Nuclear energy continues to provide
clean, reliable and affordable electricity which is essential to Canada's
energy mix and climate change goals" said Mr. Elston.

    The Canadian Nuclear Association is a non-profit organization established
in 1960 to represent the nuclear industry in Canada and promote the
developments and growth of nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes. The CNA
has over 90 members including power utilities, labour unions, manufacturers,
uranium mining and fuel processing companies, engineering companies,
universities and associations.




For further information:

For further information: Claudia Lemieux, Director of communications and
media relations, Canadian Nuclear Association, (613) 237-4262, ext: 104,
lemieuxc@cna.ca


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