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Nuclear research

Whiteshell Laboratories is located approximately 10 km west of Pinawa and 100 km northeast of Winnipeg, on the east bank of the Winnipeg River. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) established this complex for nuclear research and testing during the early 1960s. Operations at Whiteshell Laboratories were later discontinued, and the facilities are now being decommissioned by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd. (CNL) acting under a licence from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

When in service, the Whiteshell Laboratories comprised both nuclear and non-nuclear operations. Major facilities included the Whiteshell research reactor, shielded facilities, research laboratories and radioactive waste management areas. The Whiteshell Used Fuel Storage Facility – also on the Whiteshell Laboratories site – houses concrete canisters that provide dry storage for irradiated fuel bundles from the research reactor.

For more information, please see CNL's Web site.

CNSC personnel perform regular inspections at Whiteshell Laboratories, to monitor decommissioning activities and to verify CNL's compliance with licence conditions.

Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program

Whiteshell Laboratories' legacy waste is being managed by the Government of Canada's Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program, launched in 2006, to provide a long-term strategy to manage legacy waste and contamination at this site.

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