Highlights:

  • Large Scale Nuclear Program
  • Pre-Licensing Advanced CANDU
  • Regulatory Approach for Life Extension
  • Debate in Port Hope
  • Heavy Water History
  • Meet New CNS President

Ric Fluke    Sept. 12, 2006

In this issue

We begin this issue with a letter questioning an omission in the one technical article of the June 2006 issue, Nuclear Fission Fuel Can be Considered as Inexhaustible, and a response from the author.

Then there are four papers selected from the many presented at the 2006 CNS Annual Conference in June beginning with one on a topic related to the one above, Transition to Large Scale Nuclear Energy, in which current CNS president Dan Meneley examines the scale and nature of the program needed if nuclear is to replace oil as our major primary energy source.

That is followed by two papers related to the regulatory approval regime.   Pre-Licensing of the Advanced CANDU describes the arrangement Atomic Energy of Canada Limited has with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for an ongoing review of the evolving design of the ACR (and reveals that the design is not scheduled to be completed until 2008).   Regulatory Approach for Life Extension, which gives an overview of the CNSC requirements for approval of refurbishment projects (some of which are underway).

For a change of perspective there is an interesting proposal for a small, non-power, isotope-producing reactor in, Homogeneous Slowpoke Reactor.

Turning to non-technical viewpoints, there is a note on the continuing controversy in an Ontario town, A Very Public Debate: the Nuclear Industry in Port Hope, and, to continue our penchant for history, the story of Heavy Water at Trail, British Columbia.

There are a number of items in the General News section beginning with the fascinating proposal from Bruce Power to prepare a site for new reactors.   Other news items attest to the renewed activity in the Canadian nuclear power scene.

The CNS News section features our traditional Meet the President note, this time about the 2006 -2007 president of the Canadian Nuclear Society, Dan Meneley, and includes other items about the Society.

There is a page of recent publications of possible interest from the CNSC and the IAEA and an updated calendar.   And, of course, there is the inimitable perspective of Jeremy Whitlock inEndpoint.

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