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Thanks to our Members for Joining us in April for Daffodil Month, a Canadian Cancer Society Fundraiser

By Alex Wolf
Manager, Research and Education
Canadian Nuclear Association

As many of you are surely aware, the CNA recently embarked on a partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society to help our industry unite to raise funds for cancer research. In April, as we celebrated Daffodil month, the CNA purchased over 1000 daffodil pins and distributed them to our members to help build awareness about this important campaign.

A few weeks later, we were thrilled to discover that two of our members, Cuttler & Associates Inc. and Promation Engineering Ltd. had made additional donations to the Canadian Cancer Society through this campaign! Thanks to their enthusiasm, we raised an additional $480! All of us at the CNA extend a big heartfelt THANK YOU to these two generous members.

Remember, this is just the first of many ways to get involved in CNA-Canadian Cancer Society campaigns. On June 7, we will be hosting our inaugural Relay for Life event here in Ottawa.

To find out more or join our team, visit www.cna.ca/fightcancer.

Messages Nuclear Energy Nuclear Safety

The Point Lepreau Generating Station is Seismically Robust and Safe

Below is a press release from NB Power correcting misinformation being circulated about the safety of their facility at Point Lepreau.

We echo the sentiments of NB Power Site VP & CNO, Sean Granville, when he says that our industry is one of most (if not THE most) closely regulated industries in Canada. Nuclear safety is not something we take lightly, it’s part of our culture.

Please read on for the straight facts on the matter.

The Point Lepreau Generating Station is seismically robust and safe

February 6, 2013

Fredericton, N.B. – NB Power takes exception to comments made today about the safety of the Point Lepreau Generating Station (PLGS) by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB) Action Committee.

“These comments are misleading and attempt to undermine public trust in nuclear safety regulation and in the Point Lepreau Generating Station,” said Sean Granville, Site Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer. “The nuclear industry is one of Canada’s most closely regulated industries and its safety record is excellent and very transparent to the public. The people of New Brunswick can take great confidence in the safety of Point Lepreau.”

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulatory framework relies, in part, on International Atomic Energy Agency guidelines. On the basis of that framework, the CNSC sets licensing conditions for PLGS, which also includes meeting various Canadian standards. The Station meets or exceeds the specifications required under its federal licence. Comments made today by CCNB take highly technical seismic data about Point Lepreau out of context.

“We understand that the CCNB is not in favor of nuclear power and they of course are entirely entitled to hold that opinion,” said Granville. “However, NB Power is fully committed to operating the Station in a safe and responsible manner while meeting all licence and safety requirements.”

As stated by the CNSC, all Canadian nuclear power plants, existing or new, are licensed on the basis of their proven ability to withstand seismic events like earthquakes. Structures and systems have been designed to safely survive earthquakes and the CNSC ensures that all nuclear power plant licensees comply with regulatory requirements. In Canada, reactor sites are geologically screened to ensure they are constructed in a location that is seismically stable.

PLGS is located in an area of much lower seismic hazard risk than Fukushima. It is well within the North American plate and not located at a subduction tectonic plate boundary as is the case in Japan. The Station was designed to withstand potential earthquakes; both the actual structures that form containment and the systems important to safety have been seismically qualified prior to being granted a licence to operate. In addition, a
number of upgrades to the plant were made as part of the recent Refurbishment Project to further enhance seismic safety.

When the CNSC renewed PLGS’s Power Reactor Operating Licence in February 2012, the Commission made the completion of a site-specific seismic hazard assessment a condition of the Station’s licence renewal.

Since early 2012, PLGS staff have worked with experts on the site-specific seismic hazard assessment. Seasonal factors make it impossible to complete all data gathering until the summer of 2013, which means the final assessment report will be issued in 2014. Meanwhile, the preliminary findings offer reassurance about the safety of the Station.

Data included in this study is highly technical information, and NB Power – in reporting to the CNSC – relies on independent, highly qualified experts to conduct this type of work. Additionally, the assessment is reviewed by an independent panel of experts.

Preliminary findings of the seismic assessment received from third-party experts in December 2012 indicate that the current understanding of the earthquake hazard for the Point Lepreau site is not substantially different than that presented in a 1984 study. More information on the preliminary findings is available here.

Based on these findings; we are confident that the original safety case for PLGS remains as strong today as it was when the Station was constructed. The Station is sound and will continue to operate safely. New Brunswickers should be assured that NB Power takes its responsibilities to the people of New Brunswick as its utmost priority and puts the safety of employees and the public above everything else.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kathleen Duguay, Manager, Public Affairs, (506) 647-8057 or kduguay@nbpower.com.

Messages Nuclear Pride

Happy Holidays from your CNA

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we didn’t think that one through.

FROM ALL OF US HERE AT CNA

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Holiday BONUS!


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Messages Nuclear Energy Nuclear Pride

Bruce Power Achieves Next Milestone in Revitalization Project

We are so pleased to share this news with TalkNUclear.ca readers. Yesterday Bruce Power’s Unit 2 sent power to Ontario’s electricity grid, for the first time in 17 years! Bruce Power CEO, Duncan Hawthorne said:

“This gets us one step closer to the finish line and for the first time in nearly two decades we’re in the midst of returning the site to its full operational capacity. With this project in the final stages we can see a period of stable, steady operations ahead where Bruce Power plays a key role in keeping electricity costs low, the lights on and the air we breathe clean.”

And of the Bruce Power revitalization project, Ontario Energy Minister, Chris Bentley, said:

“Ontario is building a modern, clean, reliable electricity system and nuclear energy is a critical part of our energy supply. Bruce Power’s revitalization program is an important step towards eliminating the use of coal fired electricity by the end of 2014.”

Coal generated power has dropped by 90 per cent in Ontario in the past decade, 40 per cent of which is attributed to the 55 per cent increased output by Bruce Power’s nuclear power generation. Bruce’s Unit 1 and 2 restart is a key factor in quitting coal and reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Go low-carbon, reliable, safe nuclear power! Congratulations to the entire Bruce Power restart team!

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) congratulates Bruce Power on the completion of the synchronization of Unit 2 to Ontario’s electricity grid. This follows the successful synchronization of Unit 1 in September, 2012.

“The refurbishment of Units 1 and 2 is a first for Canada’s nuclear industry as it is the first time two CANDU Units had been fully renewed after being laid-up for nearly two decades,” said Denise Carpenter, CNA President and CEO.  “Congratulations to the Bruce Power team on another major step forward in their revitalization project – a key component to Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan.”

In the last 10 years, coal generation in Ontario has been reduced by 90 per cent, while Bruce Power has doubled the number of operating units on their site. This increased clean generation from the Bruce Power accounts for 40 per cent of the coal generation reduced to date in the province.

With the return to service of Units 1 and 2, Bruce Power will remain a key player in both reducing and staying off coal, one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction initiatives in North America.

Bruce Power operates one of the world’s largest nuclear sites and is the source of roughly 25 per cent of Ontario’s electricity.

The Canadian nuclear industry supports the employment of 30,000 Canadians who are responsible for mining uranium, generating electricity, advancing nuclear medicine, and promoting Canada’s global leadership in science and technology innovation. Through these efforts, we also support 30,000 spin-off jobs and contribute $1.5 billion in tax revenues as well as $1.2 billion in export revenues.

Background: Bruce Power’s Unit 2 sends electricity to Ontario grid for first time in 17 years

Messages Nuclear Outreach

WiN-Canada 9th Annual Conference

Kick start your career  into full gear this fall by attending the 9th Annual WiN-Canada Conference on Thursday, October 25 at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Registration for the conference is up and running. Please check out the educational and inspirational program put together by your conference organizing committee from WiN-Bruce. The focus of the conference is to support your personal journey through nuclear and related industries and help you to visualize and develop your career through personal reflection, inclusive discussion and interactive programming.

The link to the conference webpage is: http://www.wincanada.org/event/wincanadas-9th-annual-conference

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘WiNspire the Future – Re-energize your personal goals and career development.’ The conference will cover a wide range of very inspirational speakers providing their insights on how we can best plan for our own success and enhance our contribution to the nuclear industry. The morning will open with an address from Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power and will also include technical sessions on waste management and nuclear medicine, as well as an opportunity to discover your personality DNA and better understand human behaviour.

In the afternoon we will run concurrent professional development sessions that feature topics on technical writing and interview skills. We will also hear from our members on a variety of topics during a series of mini-sessions, all focussed on professional development. We will also have a session lead by our WiN President, Colleen Sidford, on developing SMART Development Plans. This not to be missed session will take you through understanding your strengths and how to leverage them for career success.
Amber MacArthur, hailed by Canadian Business Magazine as Canada’s top social media expert and a best selling social media author, speaker, TV host and entrepreneur will deliver our keynote address leading us through the art of personal branding and providing you with seven steps to master your own digital personal brand.

This year, delegates will have the opportunity to choose one of  four tours to Bruce Power Station; Bruce Power Station B; Western Waste Management Facility (WWMF) and Core Storage Facility – Interim and Long-Term Management of Low and Intermediate Level Waste – Ontario Power Generation; and the Emergency Management Centre and Bruce Site Tour. These tours will take place the morning of Friday, October 26. Space is limited for each of the technical tours, so please register early to avoid disappointment. Registration for the tours will only be open until October 11.

If you are a student, we have a student program to offer 6 post-secondary and 4 secondary students free registration to our conference. Please check out the application form http://www.wincanada.org/news/student-program-for-wincanada-conference. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 21. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the student.

Due to the conference being held in October we will not be offering a golf tournament this year, however, we have two not to miss networking opportunities. The opening reception, which is offered on Wednesday, October 24, at an additional charge will be held at Kincardine’s oldest building, The Walker House and will feature local history and local flavours sure to satisfy your dinner appetite. The free closing reception, hosted and sponsored by Sisters in Society at the Best Western Governors’ Inn will take place on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. The reception will feature key note speaker, Donna Messer, the “Queen of Networking” and an author and formal broadcaster. Donna will take you through the art of effective networking and provide you with ten tips to work a room.

Accommodation information is also available on the WiN website for those who are travelling.

The conference will provide activities and sessions designed to instill confidence and leave you feeling energized and motivated to enhance your individual and collective contributions in the broader nuclear community. It will be a very inspirational day full of learning and networking opportunities.

To help you succeed in the industry, don’t forget to register for the conference and one of the tours.

See you October 24-26!

Messages Nuclear Outreach

Past, Present, and Future in Nuclear

You’re invited to a professional development and networking event in Canada!

The Canadian NA-YGN is inviting any NA-YGN chapter member interested to a professional development seminar and tour of the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in Chalk River, Ontario, Canada.

The event will be an excellent opportunity to network with industry peers from AECL and other chapters in Canada and the United States, as well as learn more about some of the exciting activities currently being undertaken at Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology laboratory. The event is free and supported by AECL and the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA).

Help NA-YGN spread the word about this event and we hope to see you there!

Information

The NA-YGN Chalk River Chapter and AECL welcome you to register for a unique and exciting professional development event and tour of several facilities at the Chalk River Laboratories.

For over 50 years, AECL has been a key global player in the development of peaceful and innovative applications of nuclear technology, through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology and engineering.

AECL performs a wide variety of activities at Chalk River, ranging from nuclear science research, design and engineering of specialized instrumentation, nuclear fuel fabrication, management of radioactive wastes, metallographic examinations of irradiated reactor components, support for the Canadian CANDU fleet of reactors and others internationally, decommissioning, and the production of medical isotopes used in thousands of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments annually across the globe.

For more information on CRL please visit www.aecl.ca

Agenda

Thursday November 8th

6:30 pm                      Registration and Snacks

7:00 pm                      Welcome and Introduction by Joan Miller (AECL VP & GM of Decommissioning & Waste Management)

Talk about the Past (History of AECL and Nuclear) (Dr. Jeremy Whitlock, Manager Non-proliferation)

 

Friday November 9th

8:30 am                       Bus transport from Deep River to AECL plus security check

9:00 am                       Introduction to Chalk River (Communications Department)

9:00 am-12:00 pm      Tour of Facilities

12:00pm                     Lunch

1:00 – 3:00pm          Tour of Facilities Continued

3:00 pm                      Bus transport to Deep River

5:00 pm                      Appetizers and Professional Networking

5:30 pm                      Plenary Discussion: Panel Discussion on the Future of Nuclear

Speakers:

  • Denise Carpenter (CNA President and CEO)
  • Dr. Bob Walker (AECL President and CEO)
  • Kevin Wallace (Candu Energy President and CEO)

7:00 pm                      Dinner and Social Networking

8:00 pm                      Closing Remarks

 

Registration

The event is FREE!!! If you are interested, please register at: http://www.aecl.ca/Contact/Visit_Registration.htm

For site access you must register on the website prior October 19th. Please choose NA-YGN Tour and put Natalie Sachar as the AECL contact.

You must bring your passport (or for Canadians: government photo ID) for access to the site.

Two nights accommodation is required. For reservations please contact either one of these hotels:

Hotels in Deep River:

Bears Den                              Shemron Suites

Phone: (613) 584-9795           Phone: (613) 584-1100

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Natalie at Canada@na-ygn.org