Wednesday, January 02, 2008
I was appalled to read that the Canadian government had been forced to override the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to provide nuclear isotopes for medical diagnostics of patients around the world.
It appears that the AECL management structure will be reviewed to establish failings that contributed to this issue.
However, it is long past time for an independent, in-depth review of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. This organization is riddled with an anti-nuclear bias that leads to excessive demands on nuclear reactor operators. The organization has no checks or balances on its virtually unlimited power and does not hesitate to use highly unrealistic scare tactics in its statements.
Since the CNSC reports directly to Parliament, it is Parliament's responsibility to initiate a review and restructuring that will prevent future incidents. These are embarrassing to Canada and damaging to the Canadian nuclear program.
Mr. Ross retired in 1990 as director of resource allocation after 32 years at AECL at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories.