Canadian Society of Nuclear Medicine

    OTTAWA, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Society of Nuclear Medicine
(CSNM) is very pleased that Parliament has taken a strong and balanced
approach in assessing the risks of operating the Chalk River facility versus
the risk to Canadians of not having access to essential medical diagnostic and
therapeutic services.
    This event should act as a catalyst to compel AECL to find contingency
solutions to mitigate any future medical isotope production issues at the
Chalk River facility. An obvious solution would be to accelerate or 'fast
track' the commissioning of Maple nuclear facilities, which have been in the
process of being planned and constructed for over a decade. It is not in the
best interest of Canadian or international patients to rely on a sole reactor
to provide essential medical products.
    AECL must be able to provide compelling assurance that they will be able
to continue to provide essential medical isotopes in the event that the
current Chalk River facility experience production problems. Otherwise, it is
incumbent on the Federal Government to take the lead and find alternate
solutions such as addressing operational issues at the Maple reactors or
seeking partnership with alternate international radioisotope suppliers.
    The CSNM is and will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure
that Canadians have ongoing and secure access to essential Nuclear Medicine

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For further information: or to arrange interviews: Hélène Samson,
Canadian Society of Nuclear Medicine, (613) 730-6254 (Ottawa);

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