WR-1 Reactor Project
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) remains committed to the promotion and celebration of nuclear science with the public, and with Canadian students in classrooms across the country.
Analytical Chemistry Laboratories
Biofouling and Biocorrosion Facilities
Fission Products Behaviour Laboratory
Health Physics Neutron Generator
High Bay and Laboratories
Strainer Test Facilities
Drop Test Facility
The proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility
will enable and accelerate a significant
reduction in liabilities on CNL sites, reduce
the footprint of the built up area on the CRL
site and create the appropriate conditions
for a clean and revitalized science and
Near surface disposal technology has been
demonstrated internationally and the NSDF
will build on these experiences.Location, construction and operation is subject to a rigorous regulatory process, including environmental assessment.
The NPD site is in an ideal
strategic position for completion of the
remainder of the site decommissioning.
The closure project will safely reduce
Canada’s nuclear legacy liabilities at
In-situ decommissioning provides the best
decommissioning option for workers, the public and the environment. A well understood
decommissioning solution, in-situ decommissioning has been in use for over five decades.
CNL will be completely transformed through the revitalization of essential site infrastructure, the decommissioning of aging infrastructure, and a significant investment in new, world class science facilities.
CNL is also evolving to become more adaptable and responsive to the needs of our customers in government, academia and the private sector.
The repatriation of highly enriched uranium (HEU) bearing materials to the U.S. allows Canada to both contribute to global nuclear security and to provide for a timely and permanent disposition of these materials for future generations of Canadians.
CNL, which will be responsible for repatriating HEU materials, is committed to ensuring that concerns about safety and security of this project are heard, and that timely information will be shared as the project progresses.
When in service, the Whiteshell
Laboratories comprised both nuclear
and non-nuclear operations. Major
facilities included the Whiteshell
research reactor (WR-1), shielded
facilities, research laboratories and
radioactive waste management areas.
Research and development operations
at Whiteshell Laboratories have
concluded and the facilities are now
being decommissioned by CNL acting
under a licence from the CNSC.