Canadian nuclear task force to review nuclear plants

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has established an operational task force to evaluate the operational, technical and regulatory implications of the March 11, 2011 nuclear event in Japan in relation to Canadian nuclear power plants.

The task force members will review licensee’s responses to the CNSC’s request for information to re-examine the safety cases of their nuclear facilities, the underlying defense-in-depth against external hazards, severe accident scenarios and emergency preparedness procedures and guidelines.

The task force will recommend short- and long-term measures to address any significant gaps at Canadian nuclear power plants, and whether any design modifications are needed. It will determine priorities for the implementation of corrective actions based on the lessons learned and the need, if any, for further examination.

The task force will also recommend, as appropriate, potential changes to CNSC regulatory requirements, inspection programs and policies for existing Candu and potential new nuclear power plants.

Chaired by the Director-General of Nuclear Power Plant Regulation, Dr. Greg Rzentkowski, the task force is comprised of senior CNSC subject matter experts in reactor design, safety assessment, and emergency preparedness and response.

The CNSC task force will present this information to the Commission in a public forum at a date to be determined.

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