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Canadian nuclear plants to undergo safety, readiness assessment

Everything's on the table: plans, procedures, design, regulation and inspection regimes.

Photo of Darlington nuclear plant in Ontario courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

OTTAWA -- A review of Canada's nuclear power plants will be done to ensure they're as ready as possible to deal with potential disasters.

The ongoing crisis at the nuclear power plant in northern Japan has prompted the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to set up a task force to evaluate Canada's plants.

It will examine the plans, procedures and guidelines the plants have for dealing with severe accident scenarios like the one that hit the Japanese plant on March 11, when it was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami.

The task force will then recommend measures to address any major problems at the plants, and whether design changes are warranted.

It could also recommend potential changes to CNSC regulatory requirements, inspection programs and policies for new nuclear power plants.

The task force members are senior CNSC experts in reactor design, safety assessment, and emergency preparedness.

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