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CNSC renews Saskatchewan Research Council’s SLOWPOKE-2 reactor licence


June 27, 2013

Following a one-day public hearing, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to renew the Saskatchewan Research Council’s (SRC) Safe Low-Power Kritical Experiment (SLOWPOKE-2) non-power reactor operating licence. The licence will be valid from July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2023.

In making its decision, the Commission considered information presented at a May 15, 2013 public hearing in Ottawa, Ontario. During the public hearing, the Commission received and considered submissions from SRC as well as CNSC staff’s recommendations. Oral and written interventions were allowed, but none were received.

CNSC staff shall present the Commission with annual reports on the performance of the SRC’s SLOWPOKE-2 reactor at public proceedings of the Commission. In addition, CNSC staff will update the Commission on an annual basis of any changes made to the Licence Conditions Handbook.

The Record of Proceedings is available upon request to the Commission Secretariat. It will be available, in both official languages, on the CNSC Web site at a later date. Transcripts of the hearing are available on the CNSC Web site at, or by contacting the CNSC. The webcast of the hearing is archived on the same site for a period of 90 days.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; and to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

                Aurèle Gervais
Media and Community Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission