Nuclear power review committee set in Canada

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has established an external advisory committee to assess the organization’s processes and responses in light of the lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear incident.

Committee members will review the CNSC’s processes including the immediate response to the Fukushima incident, its connections with the rest of government and international organizations and its interactions with the Canadian nuclear sector and its regulated industries. Members will also review the CNSC’s communications with affected stakeholders, including governments, other nuclear regulators and the public. Finally, the committee will assess the implications on the CNSC’s regulatory approaches resulting from the international response to Fukushima, such as international stress tests and the International Atomic Energy Agency action plan.

The committee members are Kenneth Knox, president of the Innovation Institute of Ontario; Dr. Gilles Patry, president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation; and Henry Wright, former Board member with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

The Committee will provide CNSC’s president with its report and recommendations in 2012.

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