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Canada’s Nuclear Industry Welcomes Modernized Regulatory System and Innovation Investments

March 29, 2012, OTTAWA – The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) today welcomed the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012, “Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity,” and key measures to create a modern regulatory system that will also contribute to improved environmental performance for Canada’s energy and mining projects.

“Regulatory modernization is a priority for our industry as it provides a competitive advantage for Canada,” said Denise Carpenter, President and CEO. “We are optimistic these proposed changes will increase efficiency and effectiveness of the regulatory process, and we look forward to working with the federal government to implement changes swiftly to enhance job creation and economic growth in Canada.”

The CNA serves approximately 100 member companies, representing 70,000 people employed in the production and advancement of nuclear medicine, uranium mining and exploration, fuel processing, and electricity generation.

“Our members support a regulatory process that establishes clear timelines, reduces duplication and burdens, and focuses resources on large projects where potential environmental impacts are the greatest,” added Carpenter, “We appreciate the focus on what matters to the environment.”

The CNA also applauded Innovation investments contained in Economic Action Plan 2012, such as the implementation of a Jenkins Panel recommendation to refocus the National Research Council (NRC) to improve its responsiveness to Canada’s business sector.

“Canada’s home-grown nuclear technologies connect the energy, medicine, manufacturing, advanced materials, and academic sectors with many other value-added industries, and the NRC is an important part of that innovation system,” said Carpenter. “Our industry believes there is great value to having strong public support for S&T that is responsive to the needs of industry.”

The Canadian nuclear industry provides a broad spectrum of products and services that benefit Canadians, generating approximately $6.6 billion per year and contributing $1.5 billion in tax revenue and $1.2 billion in export revenues.

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Background Information:

The CNA discussed this issue in the September 2011 “Innovation Issue” of Policy Options magazine:

The CNA issued the following new release on March 14, 2012 to encourage the Government of Canada to fully consider the recommendations on the federal Environmental Assessment (EA) process made by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development:

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Express your Interest in AECL

On February 9, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources launched a process inviting Expressions of Interest in the activities of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s (AECL’s) Nuclear Laboratories.  This process will allow the Government to benefit from the experiences of organizations, domestic or international, involved in the management or restructuring of nuclear science and technology or radioactive waste management.

The government indicated that information gathered through this process will help inform the AECL restructuring process.  The deadline for submissions is April 2.

This is obviously an important opportunity for our member organizations to present their views to the Government on this key issue.

This is your opportunity to have a say in the future of our nuclear science and technology industry. As a member of Canada’s nuclear community, you have valuable experience and knowledge to share towards informing the process that will determine the future of the labs. If you do nothing more than express your confidence in the future of Canada’s nuclear science and technology industry, you will have played an important part in this process.

You can write to the Honourable Minister Joe Oliver at:

Honourable Joe Oliver, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Natural Resources
162 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6

We at TalkNUclear are always interested in hearing your views on this and other issues of collective interest to our industry. Will you make a submission?

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Have your Heard the NUze? The CNA Newsletter Launched Today!

We hit another major milestone today! Introducing the NUze – the brand new newsletter from your Canadian Nuclear Association. In it we recap what we think are the biggest Canadian nuclear news stories and events of the last quarter. This first issue includes a summary of the very successful and well-attended 2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show and recalls fondly our NU Energy on the Hill Day last October. Get updates on industry news, the regulatory and government relations scene, and a snapshot of upcoming events.

To subscribe to the NUze, simply click HERE. If you have story ideas, events or tips to share with Canadian nuclear community and interested parties, email us at

Now here is a message from our President and CEO, Denise Carpenter, with more on the NUze and why it’s important.

President & CEO of the CNA – Denise Carpenter

I am pleased to introduce you to the inaugural issue of the Canadian Nuclear Association’s (CNA) quarterly newsletter, the NUze. It features updates on recent events and important developments affecting Canada’s nuclear industry, and is distributed to CNA members, affiliates, politicians, policy-makers, media and other key stakeholders.

Click here to download the NUze in PDF

The CNA has been working hard over the past two years to build a NU brand and a strong voice through many communications vehicles. The NUze is the latest addition to this suite of products, which also includes our “TalkNUclear” social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and our TalkNUclear blog ( As always, I invite you to visit us on online, post your comments and let us know if you wish to contribute in any other way.

Our five-year strategic plan, “Dialogue for Understanding and Growth,” recognizes the importance of talking with our members, but also the value of sharing information about our members with those beyond our industry. Through the NUze, we are aiming to tell the stories about our industry, the actions we continuously undertake to ensure safe, reliable operations and the men and women who work to bring these stories to life.

We’re also cleaning up our mailing list at the same time. If you do not wish to receive our quarterly NUze updates you can opt-out by clicking the SafeUnsubscribe link below. To opt-in or submit story ideas, simply email us at

The NUze is the latest milestone to making significant progress towards the achievement of our Vision for the industry. We will seize the opportunity, earn the trust and focus the dialogue for a robust, vibrant nuclear industry in Canada.

Click here to download the NUze in PDF 

Denise Carpenter
President and CEO


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Minister Calls for New Regulatory Processes

A guest blog from our friends at AREVA.

Minister Calls for New Regulatory Processes

Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister for natural resources, said that new, more efficient regulatory processes are needed or the nation could miss out on vital economic opportunities. This issue is of major significance for Saskatchewan’s natural resources industry, which includes uranium mining. Saskatchewan is home to the world’s best uranium deposits and responsible for 17% of the world production.

“No one will stand around and wait for Canada to get its act together, and I doubt I’ll get much argument about that from this audience,” said Oliver before about 50 people at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre on Tuesday in Regina. Oliver’s 20-minute presentation was hosted jointly by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and the Saskatchewan Mining Association.

Oliver noted that Saskatchewan stands to benefit from exporting uranium to countries such as China which are building new nuclear power plants. But, he noted, that under the current regulatory structure the country is at a disadvantage.

Click here to read the full article.

What TalkNUclear thinks:

A more efficient regulatory process has the potential to bring many benefits to Canada. The benefits are economic and social, but also environmental. We made this point when the CNA presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development when they were looking at how to improve the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Environmental Assessments (EA), under the Act, are very important in our industry; they are a valuable planning tool. We think it’s important to remove process steps that add little or no value to the environment, and have the potential to draw attention away from what really matters.

Read more about our thoughts on regulatory reform, specifically the CEAA review:

Canadian Nuclear Association Encourages Government to Give Full Consideration to CEAA Report Recommendations, March 2012

Speech on the 7-Year Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Nov 2011

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Now is the Time for Canada to Invest in Nuclear Energy

Here’s another great post from our friends at AREVA Canada. Executive VP Jean-François Béland shares his thoughts on the past year since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and why now is the time for investing in nuclear.

Jean-François Béland, Executive Vice-President, AREVA Canada

Now is the time for Canada to invest in nuclear energy

By Jean-François Béland

During the year that has passed since the earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, many have questioned the future of nuclear energy in nations around the world. While a few nations have decided in the wake of Fukushima to move abruptly away from nuclear energy, many others have taken this opportunity to take a long hard look at this technology and have moved forcefully ahead.

Driven largely by internal political concerns, Germany declared it will gradually shutter its nuclear plants, opting instead to depend more on fossil fuels (domestic brown coal and imported Russian gas) and more renewables. But for the near term, Germans can expect higher electricity prices, more carbon emissions and Imports of nuclear produced electricity from France.

Others, such as China, India and the United Kingdom, are moving forward aggressively with plans for new nuclear power plants. China alone has 26 new reactors under construction, including two by AREVA. The U.S. government recently approved the construction for the first new reactor in 30 years, an event that will lead to other projects.

Taishan 1 EPR reactor under construction in China

Here in Canada, we stand at a crossroads. While some politicians have expressed their support for nuclear energy, this has not translated into the concrete actions necessary to spur significant new investments. Canada’s nuclear power plants generate 15% of our electricity safely, reliably and without producing greenhouse gases. But nearly 20 years have passed since a new plant has come online.

In Ontario more than 50% of the electricity comes from nuclear energy, making this technology critical for the economy. Nuclear energy’s low cost and reliability enables our industrial base in Ontario to remain competitive. Let’s face it, nuclear power generation helps maintain industrial and manufacturing jobs in Ontario better than any other fiscal incentive to date.

The refurbishment project at Darlington Nuclear Generating Station in Ontario has just taken another step forward. This is indeed a positive development. But we must move forward now with the development of new plants to ensure we have reliable power for the future. In addition, each new nuclear plant project would create thousands more jobs and spur billions of dollars in regional investment.

We continue to work with NB Power and other partners on the possibility of developing at the Point Lepreau site in New Brunswick a Clean Energy Park, using a combination of AREVA nuclear energy and renewable technology.

We are delighted to see strong support in Saskatchewan for further development of nuclear technology in the province. Saskatchewan has the world’s best uranium deposits. And for decades, AREVA has been a leading uranium producer in northern Saskatchewan.

Over the past year, the Canadian nuclear industry has thoroughly assessed its systems and operations to ensure its safety. In October, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission concluded that all Canadian nuclear plants could withstand conditions similar to those at Fukushima. But, as an industry, we are still working every day to improve – our operations, our efficiency and our safety. AREVA is likewise constantly striving to help our customers produce cleaner, safer and more reliable electricity.

Canada has an opportunity to regain a leadership position in the one of the world’s pre-eminent clean energy technologies. But to do this, our leaders must take courageous, long-term decisions to invest in new nuclear energy projects today. As a proud Canadian and nuclear industry employee, I look forward to seeing the next new nuclear plant under construction in Ontario. While this may not be the easiest course of action, our leaders will find that new investment in nuclear energy is good for Canadians’ electricity rates, Canada’s industrial base, and Canada’s clean energy future.

Jean-François Béland is Executive Vice President of AREVA Canada.

This post originally appeared on the AREVA North America: Next Energy Blog.


CNA2012 Speaker and Panel Videos Online at

Full-length video from the 2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show is now available on our TalkNUclear YouTube channel. Go to or click the image below.

Speaker and Panel Videos Include:

  • Tom Mitchell‘s update as Chair of the WANO Fukushima Response Commission
  • Dr. Kathryn Jackson, SVP and CTO at Westinghouse, on stimulating innovation and its role in the nuclear renaissance
  • Dr. Michael Binder, President of the CNSC, on developments related to nuclear regulation in Canada
  • Mr. John McDougall, President of the National Research Council, on managing change in Canadian research and innovation
  • Innovative Methods of Communicating Science panel, featuring moderator Jay Ingram and panelists Ted Hartwell from the Desert Research Institute, Jeremy Runnalls from Corporate Knights Magazine and Susan Brissette from Women-in-Nuclear Canada
  • Nuclear Innovation: Bright Ideas to Keep the Lights On panel with moderator Marc Brouillette from Secor Group, and panelists Doug Richardson, CEO of General Fusion, Michael Lees, President of Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy Inc., and Robert Prince, CEO Gen4 Energy Inc. (formerly Hyperion Power Generation)

And many more!

Click to visit the #cnagm2012 YouTube Playlist


2013 CNA Conference and Trade Show
February 27 – March 1, 2013
Westin Hotel  | Ottawa, Ontario