Highlights:

  • The New COG
  • Radiological Consequences of Chernobyl
  • Auditor General Reports on CNSC
  • Component Obsolescence
  • Regularity in a Competitive Market
  • Pickering Environmental Assessment

Ric Fluke    Feb. 12, 2001

In this issue

We start off this issue with a look at CANDU Owners Group Inc. in The New COG, a look at this important organization a year and a half after re-structuring itself as an independent, non-profit, corporation.

That is followed by a paper which is representative of COG’s work, Obsolescence of Components, an updated version of one presented at the CNS CANDU Maintenance Conference last November.   Drawing further on that conference there is a paper on Maximizing the Life of CANDU Fuel Channels.

Switching to a different viewpoint we have the presentation by Mike Taylor of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on Reactor Regulation in the Open Competitive Market.   Then, to expand your horizons, there is a dissertation by Alistair Miller on Heavy Water, that essential element of the CANDU design

Back to the regulatory scene we have the Auditor General’s Report on the CNSC, in which we reprint much of the Auditor General’s report on the CNSC, together with the Commission’s responses.   Continuing in the regulatory vein, we reprint the main reasons for decisions by the CNSC to support their acceptance of the environmental report on the re-start of Pickering "A" inCNSC Rules on Pickering Environmental Assessment.

With the fifteenth anniversary of the Chernobyl accident coming up we present the essence of the report by the United Nations Scientific Committee on Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) on the Radiological Consequences of the Chernobyl Accident [Printed in Vol 22 No 2 of the Bulletin].

There is some General News, less than normal since it appears to be a quiet time, and, of course, our section on CNS News.   Look in that section for registration forms for the upcoming Annual Conference in June.   Also. please look for the notice about the Nuclear Industry Winter Seminar, to be held March 26. 27.

And we close, as has been the pattern over the past several issues, with Jeremy Whitlock’s insightful comments in Endpoint.

Finally, for the first time in ten years we are including an Index of the major articles and papers in the various issues over the past decade.

We hope that you find something of interest in this slightly slimmer issue of the CNS Bulletin, and, as always welcome your comments, letters, criticisms, whatever.