AECL Committed to Returning NRU Reactor to Service

    CHALK RIVER, ON, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - In response to a statement issued by the
Government of Canada on December 10th, AECL confirms that it has a detailed
work plan in place to ensure the NRU reactor is safely returned to service as
quickly as possible and it remains in constant communication with Canadian
Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) staff to expedite the approvals needed.
    Teams of AECL employees and its suppliers continue to work around the
clock on the installation and connection of the upgraded equipment in
preparation for return to service. AECL employees are in the process of
completing the installation of one pump and have secured all necessary
components to assemble the second pump.
    Furthermore, AECL has requested the CNSC's approval to return the NRU
reactor to service, on an interim basis, using one coolant pump with the
emergency backup power connected while work is completed on the second pump.
These conditions provide for safe operation of the reactor.
    AECL has an absolute and unwavering commitment to safety. NRU is an
excellent facility with several decades of safe and reliable operations up to
and including the time of shutdown. NRU has produced isotopes for medical
diagnostic procedures that have helped millions of people since it began
producing medical isotopes in 1957.

    To see AECL's letter to Minister Lunn & Minister Clement, please copy and
paste the following URL into your browser:

For further information:

For further information: Dale Coffin, Director, Corporate
Communications, AECL, (905) 403-7457

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