NRCan: Restructuring of Atomic of Energy of Canada Limited — Nuclear Laboratories
finally the news directly from the horses' mouth: Restructuring of
Atomic of Energy of Canada Limited — Nuclear Laboratories: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/media-room/news-releases/2013/6891
Seems their plan only includes waste management, nuclear liability
issues and industry-driven fee-for-service based activities, there
doesn't seem to be anything related to basic science! "In the coming
months, the Government of Canada will engage in a competitive,
collaborative procurement process, including a Request for Proposals,
for the management and operation of AECL’s Nuclear Laboratories. The
Government is seeking to implement a Government-owned,
Contractor-operated (GoCo) model, as is done in other jurisdictions,
such as the United States and the United Kingdom. Under the new management model, the Laboratories will focus on three key objectives:
-Managing its radioactive waste and decommissioning responsibilities
accumulated during the more than 60 years of nuclear research and
development at Chalk River and at Whiteshell Laboratories.
-Ensuring that Canada's world-class nuclear science and technology
capabilities and knowledge continue to support the federal government in
its nuclear roles and responsibilities — from health protection and
public safety to security and environmental protection.
-Providing access to industry to address its need for in-depth nuclear
science and technology expertise.This will include ongoing access to the
Laboratories, at fair market rates that ensure cost recovery, for
owners and operators of CANDU reactors as well as the CANDU and broader
nuclear supply chain in Canada."
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