OTTAWA, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ -
"Since the Government of Canada announced plans to restructure AECL in
2007, the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) has been consistent and
clear that we support a structure that will advance the nuclear energy
industry in Canada and make it more competitive. Today's decision marks
the turning of an important corner for Canadian nuclear
technology. SNC-Lavalin, like AECL, is a valued member of the CNA and
we wish them success in this new venture. Great opportunities lie
The CNA represents the future of all nuclear technologies in Canada. We
want to grow the benefits those technologies can bring to the lives of
Canadians. Our industry supports changes that will open up
opportunities to expand those benefits and the excellent,
high-knowledge jobs that go along with them. We have also emphasized
that research is at the heart of our industry.
For Canada to remain a competitive player in the global nuclear industry
we need investments in science, technology and innovation to maintain
our expertise which is known around the world. The next step, in our
view, is for the Government to review the governance and future of
nuclear science and technology in Canada.
The division of AECL that is not being divested is central to the
nuclear S&T sector in Canada. That sector also consists of major
facilities in Vancouver, Saskatoon and Laval plus various private
companies and more than a dozen universities across the country. We
urge the Government to strike an expert panel as soon as possible to
consider the governance and future of this sector.
CANDU reactor designs are intrinsically safe and
proliferation-resistant. They exceed federal standards, and operate
safely in at least six countries including some of the largest future
markets for nuclear: China, India and South Korea. With their
excellent record of operating performance, these designs - and the
group of Canadians who stand behind them - potentially have a large
role to play in meeting the needs of these and other emerging markets.
So do the rest of the roughly 100 companies in our industry and the
people who work there, spreading the benefits of nuclear technologies -
from medicine, to food safety, to crop science, to advanced
manufacturing - around the world.
On behalf of the Canadian nuclear industry, we congratulate SNC-Lavalin
as they renew and grow their role in Canada's commercial reactor
President and CEO
Canadian Nuclear Association
About Nuclear Power in Canada
Nuclear energy provides a clean and reliable source of power and, with
minimal greenhouse gas emissions, is an important part of Canada's
clean energy portfolio. Currently, nuclear energy provides 15% of the
electricity produced in Canada, and 55% in Ontario, serving the needs
of millions of families and businesses. Because nuclear power plants
produce large amounts of continuous power, they provide the "base load"
capacity that enables the use of complementary renewable energy sources
such as wind and solar.
SOURCE CANADIAN NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION
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