NRU Reactor Returned to Service

    CHALK RIVER, ON, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
confirms that the National Research Reactor (NRU) was safely returned to
service at 3:44 a.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2007.
    It is anticipated that medical isotopes will begin to be removed from NRU
for processing and distribution within four days.
    "NRU provides medical isotopes for about 25 million diagnoses and
treatments a year," says AECL's President, Research and Technology Division,
David Torgerson. "While we recognize the importance of the reliable production
of medical isotopes, our first and foremost commitment is to safety. The NRU
reactor has operated safely for the past 50 years and is safer now than ever
    AECL will continue to provide regular updates as new information becomes

For further information:

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

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