Decommissioning Canada’s nuclear activities (September 2011)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011   by: StaffStory by Brennain Lloyd/Special to
Day One of the Canadian Nuclear Society’s international Conference on Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration for Canada’s Nuclear Activities ran for a solid nine hours before spilling some its 400 participants out in the muggy streets of downtown Toronto to jostle with crowds of tourists in town for the Toronto International Film Festival, while others lingered in the lower levels of the Marriot Hotel to enjoy some quintessential industry conference hospitality.

The day had begun with an opening plenary for the international conference featuring several speakers from the nuclear trinity of industry, government, and the federal regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

A theme ran through the opening presentations: the problem is not with nuclear power or nuclear waste, the problem is the public perception of risk associated with nuclear technology and the radioactivity it generates.

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