CNL sustains incident response and emergency preparedness capability at a world-class level includes developing, exercising and commercializing, where applicable, new technology and methodologies that improve the response time and effectiveness in characterizing and scoping incidents immediately post event; supporting triage and treatment of victims; and providing decorporation and decontamination of radioactivities. Innovative efforts in this area include the development of biomarkers that will potentially reduce the time required for post-event bio-dosimetry from hours to minutes.
In the next 10 year period, and in partnership with federal departments and agencies, CNL will develop a national capability to provide 24/7 radiological and nuclear expert consultation to Canadian safety and security field operations, such as first-responders, on an as-required basis. CNL will also maintain an operational capability for emergency response that is available to the Federal Nuclear Emergency Plan. CNL helps ensure Canada remains at the forefront of safety and security through involvement on behalf of Canada in international forums such as the Nuclear Energy Agency and the IAEA.