Ottawa — The head of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. has resigned in the wake of the fiasco that shut down the Chalk River nuclear reactor and prompted a worldwide medical crisis.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper accepted the resignation of Michael Burns today.
Mr. Harper has named a new chair, Glenna Carr, as well as a new CEO, Hugh MacDiarmid.
The Chalk River reactor produces about half the world's supply of radioisotopes used in diagnostic cancer and cardiology tests.
That prompted the government to step in this week with emergency legislation to get the reactor restarted as quickly as possible.
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