AECL begins removal of fuel rods on NRU reactor

    CHALK RIVER, ON, June 2 /CNW/ - AECL today announced it has begun the
process of removing fuel rods from the NRU reactor as part of the process to
repair the reactor and return it to service.
    There were approximately 100 rods in the reactor at the time NRU was
shutdown on May 14th. Of this total, 81 were used for fuel and the remaining
used for isotope production and reactor control.
    Rod removal will take an estimated three to four weeks to complete.
    Further guidance on a return to service date beyond the current estimate
of at least three months will be provided when a final decision has been made
with respect to the repair technique chosen.
    AECL confirms that there is no threat to workers, the public, the
environment or nuclear safety related to this event. AECL will continue to
provide updates to the CNSC and stakeholders when new information becomes

For further information:

For further information: Dale Coffin, Director, Corporate
Communications, AECL, 1-866-886-(AECL) 2325

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