- February 9, 2012: Government of Canada Seeking Interest in AECL Laboratories (Source: NRCan)
- April 19, 2011: Update to regulatory action issued to all Class I facilities and uranium mines and mills in Canada
- March 22, 2011: CNSC request to all Class I nuclear facilities and uranium mines and mills in Canada pursuant to subsection 12(2) of the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations
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 the laboratories for nuclear research and testing during the early 1960s. It has since discontinued operations at Whiteshell Laboratories and is currently decommissioning the facilities 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 AECL’s Web site.
CNSC personnel perform regular inspections at Whiteshell Laboratories to monitor decommissioning activities and to verify AECL'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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