Friday, 1 March 2013

NRCan: Restructuring of Atomic of Energy of Canada Limited — Nuclear Laboratories

And finally the news directly from the horses' mouth: Restructuring of Atomic of Energy of Canada Limited — Nuclear Laboratories: 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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