Highlights:

  • PBNC 2004
  • New Chornobyl Confinement
  • Low Doses Reduce Risk
  • INYC 2004
  • Human Resources at OPG
  • Spent Fuel Activities

Ric Fluke    May 12, 2004

In this issue

Most of the technical papers in this issue are drawn from the 14th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference held in March 2004 and all but one are Canadian.   With 23 good papers from Canada choosing just three was a challenge.   Please look at the list of Canadian papers for ones that would interest you more and contact the authors or get the CD proceedings from the American Nuclear Society who organized the meeting.

We begin with a report on the 14th PBNC, followed by a list of the Canadian papers presented and a short note on a workshop on Advanced Reactor Concepts conducted by Romney Duffey during the conference.

The first paper selected is, to us, an intriguing one about the Chornobyl New Safe Confinement that describes the structure proposed for a long-term encasement of the ill-fated Chernobyl 2 (to use the Russian spelling rather than the Ukrainian).   Then there are the three chosen Canadian papers.   Low Doses of Radiation Reduce Risk, by Ron Mitchell of AECL, describes results of experiments that showed low doses of low LET radiation reduced radiation-induced cancer risk in mice.   Sustaining Improved Performance at Bruce Power reviews the comprehensive improvement program at Bruce with emphasis on the continuous assessment of the plants.   In Update on AECL's Spent Fuel Management Activities Michael Stephens and colleagues provide a review of the many programs continuing at AECL on the spent fuel issue.

There is a report on a very enjoyable conversation with John Murphy in Human Resources at OPG in which he offers an insight into some of the new HR programs at OPG.   That is followed by a comment by Bertrand Barré and a paper by Dan Meneley on Safer Nuclear Energy for the Future that began as an overseas lecture.

Then there is our report on our most enjoyable activity of the period, the 2004 International Youth Nuclear Congress held in Toronto early May.

There is our eclectic selection of General News, items you may not have seen elsewhere, and, what sadly has become common over the past two or so years, three Obituaries.

The section on CNS News provides some insight into the many activities of the Society and we close with the incomparable thoughts of Jeremy Whitlock in Endpoint and an updated Calendar of events you might consider attending.

As always we welcome your reaction and invite your input.