Wednesday, March 16, 2011

No nuke worries here in Canada

Different design + different geology and geography = no japan-like incidents here

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No need to quake about safety of Canada's nuclear plants: experts

By: Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press

Posted: 03/14/2011 3:22 PM
| Comments: 1
| Last Modified: 03/14/2011 9:56 PM

OTTAWA - There's no need to fear that an earthquake in Canada could cause a nuclear accident like the one in Japan, experts say.

Government data analyzed by The Canadian Press show that hundreds of small earthquakes have rattled Canada's nuclear power plants over the years with no apparent harm.

Both the federal regulator and Canada's flagship nuclear company insist the country's fleet of reactors can hold up to quakes large and small.

"The CNSC would like to reassure Canadians that nuclear power plants located in Canada are among the most robust designs in the world and have redundant safety systems to prevent damage in the case of an earthquake," says a statement on the CNSC website.

Canada and Japan also use different kinds of reactors. Unenriched, natural uranium fuels the Candu heavy-water reactors, while the Japanese light-water reactors run on enriched uranium.


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