Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

July 31, 2008 15:00 ET

CNSC Announces Protocol on Licensing Activities for AECL's National Research Universal Reactor

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) today announces the signing of a Protocol for National Research Universal (NRU) Licensing Activities with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL).

The Protocol defines a framework within which CNSC staff will provide clear regulatory expectations to AECL. CNSC staff will assess information submitted by AECL to determine whether the NRU reactor can continue safe operation beyond its current licence period, and make recommendations to the Commission regarding the renewal of the NRU's licence. The NRU's current licence expires in October 2011.

"CNSC is conducting its licensing activities with a best effort to minimize any disruption of the production of medical isotopes," said CNSC President, Michael Binder. "Our mutual objective is to produce comprehensive information and recommendations to allow the Commission to render its decision on an application for a licence renewal. CNSC is committed to ensuring that licensing decisions are made without any compromise to safety."

English (http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/NRU_eng.pdf) and French versions of the Protocol can be found on the CNSC web site at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca

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