Highlights:

  • CNA/CNS Annual Conferences
  • Nuclear and OPG Competitiveness
  • Regulation, today and tomorrow
  • Meeting the Y2K Challenge
  • Zircatec - Fuel and Components
  • CANFLEX Demonstration Irradiation

Ric Fluke    April 1, 1999

In this issue

The past few months have been active ones for the Canadian nuclear community and we have tried to reflect that in this issue of the CNS Bulletin.

In Letters, Richard Osborne responds to the letter by Theodore Rockwell in the last issue on the topic of the "linear no-threshold" (LNT) hypothesis for radiation protection.    Two excerpts from recent Canadian papers on the issue are presented further on under the title More on LNT.

Continuing our series on organizations associated with the Canadian nuclear program there is a brief look at the larger of our two fuel manufacturers in Zircatec - for CANDU fuel and components.    As a technical accompaniment there is a paper on CANFLEX Demonstration Irradiation at Point Lepreau.   This is the first of two papers drawn from the technical sessions of the 1999 CNS Annual Conference which are included in this issue.

An overview of the joint CNA/CNS Annual Conferences which were held in Montréal in June is followed by an account of the 1999 Awards presented by the Canadian Nuclear Association and the Canadian Nuclear Society.   Then there is the text of the plenary presentation which attracted the most interest, Role of Nuclear in OPG Competitiveness, by Ronald Osborne, the recently appointed president of Ontario Power Generation Inc.

To keep readers up to date on the regulatory scene we have a recent paper by Dr. Agnes Bishop, president of the Atomic Energy Control Board, on Nuclear Regulation - Today and Tomorrow.

A brief review article of programs here and abroad on Meeting the Y2K Challenge is followed by the second technical paper from the CNS conference on The Y2K Program for Scientific Analysis Computer Programs at AECL.

Some more history is provided in Gordon Brooks' review of Early Evolution of CANDU PSA.   In the context of CANDU analysis, that paper is followed by a short report on a very positive action over the past couple of years in Common Safety Analysis Codes.

There is an expanded section on General News which includes updates on the Canadian Light Source and the Canadian Neutron Facility as well as reports on several activities , including theInternational Symposium on Ionizing Radiation hosted by the AECB in May.

And, of course, there is considerable CNS News, including reports on the Annual General Meeting held May 31 in Montréal, an updated calendar and a revised list of Council members.

We hope that you find something of interest in this somewhat eclectic package and, as always, welcome your comments and contributions.