Highlights:

  • Annual Conference
  • Regulatory Directions
  • Nuclear, Hydrogen and Climate Change
  • Next Generation CANDU
  • McArthur River Mine
  • Student Award-winning Papers

Ric Fluke    Oct. 12, 2001

In this issue

Once again we are later than scheduled, for a variety of reasons, and apologize to the organizers of meetings that are now past.   But, to make up for it, we have a larger than usual issue.

Many of the papers and articles are drawn from the very successful and informative 22nd Annual Conference held in June.   An Insert has the winning papers from the 26th CNS / CNA Student Conference that, for the first time, was run in conjunction with the annual conference.   Choosing from the excellent papers presented at the Annual Conference was difficult and was based on our judgement of broad and topical interest.

The issue begins with a report on the Conference in 22nd CNS Annual Conference, followed by a list of the Technical Papers presented.   Then follows two papers selected from the plenary sessions: Emerging Directions in Regulation by Linda Keen, president of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and The Next Generation CANDU, by Jerry Hopwood and others from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

As a change of pace we have another photo story on Servicing and Upgrading the RMC SLOWPOKE by Dan Arscott, a young summer student involved with the project.   Then follows two papers related to global warming and the role of nuclear: Climate Change - the science, a reprint of a paper by Henry Hengeveld of Environment Canada, and Hydrogen Production, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change by Romney Duffey and Tabitha Poehnell of AECL, one of the many excellent papers in the technical sessions of the CNS Annual Conference.   Another selection from the technical papers is Investigation of Tritium in the Groundwater at Pickering NGS by John DeWilde of Ontario Power Generation and others.

Turning to the important sector of uranium mining, there is an overview of the McArthur River Uranium Mine and its many mining challenges, by Martin Quick of Cameco Inc.   Rounding out the section of papers and reports is a note on Norman Gentner in A Canadian at UNSCEAR.

There follows our usual short package of General News with an eclectic selection of items that we hope may be of interest.   Indicative of the ageing of our nuclear program there are two moreObituaries, for Doug Andrews and Larry Shewchuk.

CNS News includes a note on the CNS Annual General Meeting, Awards, and some other related items.

Finally, there is a note on some new publications, the always interesting Endpoint commentary by Jeremy Whitlock, an updated Calendar, and on the inside back cover, a new listing of the 2001-2002 CNS Council.

We hope you find something of interest and invite your comments, input and submissions.