The WR-1 reactor at Whiteshell played a key role in the nuclear history of Canada. It was built by General Electric and first achieved criticality in 1965, serving for twenty years as a research reactor, which among other missions became a testing site for the CANDU fleet. It was safely shut down in 1985, and since then, has been maintained in a state of “storage with surveillance”.
CNL is proposing to decommission and leave the reactor in place at the Whiteshell site. All fuel and liquids have been removed, and what remains are the structural components of the reactor, such as the vessel and piping.
CNL’s proposed approach – in-situ decommissioning – will provide a safe, secure and effective disposal solution for the existing contaminated below-grade building. This approach allows CNL to decommission the WR-1 Building in a safe, compliant manner that reduces the need for interim storage and continued human intervention and provides protection of the public and the environment. It avoids the necessity of transporting contaminated components and finding another location and facility for disposal.
Development of Dry Storage concept which is used at all major nuclear facilities in Canada as well as around the world. AECL developed many technologies that have become the nuclear industry standard, including the dry storage concept for spent fuel using concrete canisters. This concept is now used across Canada as well as around the world.
The Underground Research Laboratory (URL) was constructed to develop and defend the concept of deep geological disposal of Canada’s nuclear fuel waste. Work conducted at the URL contributed greatly to the Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program and Canada’s Nuclear Fuel Waste Act, as well as to waste management programs for several other countries including Japan, France and Sweden who accessed this world class facility.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the formal comment period begins
CNL receives all comments and information requests on the draft EIS
Updated draft EIS submitted to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
CNL submits updated draft EIS to CNSC
CNL receives all Information Requests on the draft EIS from the Federal, Provincial and Indigenous Review Team.
CNL addresses all additional and follow-up Information Requests received on the draft EIS and prepares supplemental studies.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) Whiteshell Reactor – 1 (WR-1) Project submitted the revised draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the......
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