Media Advisory: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) Sale Poses Risk for CANDU Customers Both Domestically and Internationally, Says Society of Professional Engineers and Associates

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - The Harper government's decision to sell off AECL may pose risks for CANDU customers with the break up and loss of nuclear expertise. In light of the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant it is imperative that the government wait to see the results of any investigation before making a decision on the future of AECL.

 

Who: Dr. Michael Ivanco and Marius Vartolomei, Vice Presidents of the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA), representing the bulk of employees at AECL's CANDU reactor division.
What: Representatives of SPEA are urging the Harper government to hold off selling AECL in light of developments in Japan.
Where: Charles Lynch Room in Centre Block, House of Commons
When: Monday, March 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Why: The sale of AECL poses unknown risks for the CANDU fleet of nuclear power plants, as the company is likely to lose highly skilled staff. AECL has a responsibility to its domestic customers as well as its international ones in China, Romania, Argentina and South Korea, to maintain the critical design knowledge and safety expertise necessary to ensure continued safe operation of CANDU reactors. As the knowledge centre for CANDU, AECL may lose its ability to implement lessons learned from events such as the one in Japan as its design and safety expertise is dispersed. The Government cannot be allowed to privatize our international obligations.

For more information, please contact

Society of Professional Engineers and Associates
Michelle Duncan
SPEA External Relations
(416) 427-3525 (cellular)