CNL hit with “penalty” over Whiteshell shutdown

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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories says it has received an “administrative monetary penalty” from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) as a result of “non-compliances” in its fire protection program at the Whiteshell Laboratories site.

In a bulletin posted last Friday, CNL says it reported to the CNSC last April that a “self-assessment” of the Whiteshell fire protection program had identified gaps in fire responder training qualifications.

“In response to the findings, CNL took immediate action to pause all non-essential work at the site and to redeploy fire responders and equipment from the Chalk River Laboratories site to Whiteshell to ensure effective site fire protection,” the company said.

After the non-compliances were identified, CNL completed a series of internal reviews that examined the entire fire protection program.

“A number of corrective actions and long-term improvement measures were determined through this process, which CNL began implementing.

“However, as a result of a CNSC inspection in August 2023 that identified further gaps in the fire protection program, the CNSC issued the administrative monetary penalty in October 2023”…

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