CNSC and AECL to conduct Joint Review of NRU reactor events

    OTTAWA, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) are undertaking a joint review of the
circumstances that led up to the extended outage of AECL's National Research
Universal (NRU) reactor in Chalk River, Ontario in November 2007.
    The joint review will cover all action taken by each organization, as
well as the lessons learned by both organizations from the event. The review
will examine the performance of the CNSC and AECL staff over the period
leading up to and pursuant to the Commission Tribunal decision to renew the
NRU reactor licence in 2006, as well as the subsequent period leading up to
the extended outage of the NRU in November and December 2007.
    The review team will make recommendations for improvements in CNSC and
AECL's performances. The joint review reflects the commitment of both
organizations to continuous improvement in implementation of their respective
    Talisman International LLC, which was retained by the CNSC on December 15
to conduct its lessons learned project, will also be retained by AECL in a
separate contract. A joint report will be completed this spring and will be
made publicly available.
    Commenting on the announcement, CNSC President Michael Binder stated,
"This joint review will yield more insightful findings and observations and
will ensure a more effective implementation, within both organizations, of
necessary improvements."
    AECL's President and CEO Hugh MacDiarmid added, "We welcome this
opportunity for a full and transparent examination and expect to learn
valuable lessons that can be applied in the future."

    About CNSC

    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is an independent
quasi-judicial agency that reports to Parliament through the Minister of
Natural Resources. The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials
to protect health, safety, security and the environment, and to respect
Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

    About AECL

    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited is a full service nuclear technology
company providing services to nuclear utilities around the world. Established
in 1952, AECL is the designer and builder of CANDU technology including the
CANDU 6, one of the world's top-performing reactors. AECL's 4,800 employees
deliver cutting edge nuclear services, R&D support, design, and engineering,
construction management, specialized technology, refurbishment, waste
management and decommissioning in support of CANDU reactor products. More
information on AECL and CANDU technology can be found at

    About Talisman International

    Talisman International is an international consulting firm based in
Washington D.C. whose personnel have conducted evaluations of the operational
and regulatory performance of nuclear facilities since the mid-1980s.

For further information:

For further information: Aurèle Gervais, Media and Community Relations,
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, (613) 996-6860, 1-800-668-5284; Dale
Coffin, Director, Corporate Communications, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited,
(905) 403-7457, 1-866-886-2325

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