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County and local municipalities support CREATE and Chalk River Laboratories

Posted at 04/16/12 - 05:31 PM

Updated May 17, 2012

The County of Renfrew and the Town of Deep River have endorsed CREATE's vision for a national laboratory in their Expressions of Interest (EOI) in AECL. Other local municipalities have also written letters of support and EOIs for Chalk River Laboratories.

"The County of Renfrew supports the concept of CRL as a national laboratory for nuclear and related sciences that will serve the people, industry, students and educational institutions of Canada. We see as especially vital the need to maximize the results of the past six decades of investment in R&D and the anticipated future R&D by partnering with a capable and effective technology commercialization organization, and creating a governance structure which fosters commercialization.

"We would support and echo the vision developed by a team of local residents, who came together as the Chalk River Employees Ad hoc TaskforcE (CREATE) for a national laboratory."

The County passed the following resolution: "the Council of the County of Renfrew hereby strongly requests that the Government of Canada partner with all stakeholders to implement the revitalization of CRL, establish the post-restructuring mission of CRL as a national laboratory, and proceed as expeditiously as possible with the development of a new world-class multi-purpose research reactor that will meet the research and development needs of Canadian stakeholders for the next 50 years." 

The full resolution is recorded below.

The Town of Deep River also passed a nearly identical resolution and supported CREATE in its EOI: "Deep River supports the concept of CRL as a national laboratory for nuclear and related sciences that will serve Canada." The EOI then refers to the CREATE concept for a detailed description of the national laboratory vision.

CREATE is also aware of statements of support from the City of Pembroke, the Town of Petawawa, Townships of Killaloe Hagarty & Richards, of North Algona Wilberforce, and of Head Clara & Maria.

Read more:

The County of Renfrew EOI
The Town of Deep River's EOI
Letter of Support from the City of Pembroke
Letter of Support from the Townships of Killaloe Hagarty & Richards
Letter of Support from the Townships of Head Clara & Maria
Resolution of Support from the Townships of North Algona Wilberforce
Resolution of Support from the Town of Petawawa (added May 17, 2012)

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WHEREAS Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is restructuring AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited), which owns and operates Chalk River Laboratories (CRL);

AND WHEREAS CRL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology laboratory, is an agent of, and advisor to, the Government of Canada on matters of public policy includmg production of isotopes, nuclear waste management, and nuclear safeguards, is a driver of business innovation in nuclear energy and related areas of nuclear science and technology, and is a generator of highly qualified people for Canada’s knowledge economy;

AND WHEREAS in providing this value to Canada, CRL relies on the aging National Research Universal (NRU) reactor, which is a national resource for science and industry, enabling research and development for the Canadian nuclear energy industry (including support for the existing 22 CANDU power reactors in Canada), advanced materials research by researchers from universities and industries across Canada;

AND WHEREAS Eastern Ontario, Ontario, and Canada needs CRL to be revitalized with a renewed mandate and key investments to be made in infrastructure such as a new world-class multi-purpose research reactor that will surpass the current capabilities of the NRU reactor;

AND WHEREAS if CRL is revitalized as a national laboratory with a new world-class multipurpose research reactor, Canada will not only be able to continue to support its existing fleet of CANDU power reactors, saving Canada billions of dollars in electricity costs and ensuring clean air, but also to develop the next generation of advanced power reactors, and to support tens of thousands of research projects with wide ranging applications, including health, environment, energy, natural resources, nanotechnology, aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing. The advances of technology in these areas could have dramatic long-term effects on the well-being of all Canadians;

WHEREAS NRCan has invited expressions of interest in AECL with a goal to reduce federal contributions to AECL;

AND WHEREAS there are many stakeholders in AECL and in CRL specifically, including but not limited to federal, provincial, and municipal govermnents, publicly-owned electricity generation utilities and private businesses both jn the nuclear sector and beyond, and institutions for research and education;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the County of Renfrew hereby strongly requests that the Government of Canada partner with all stakeholders to implement the revitalization of CRL, establish the post-restructuring mission of CRL as a national laboratory, and proceed as expeditiously as possible with the development of a new world-class multi purpose research reactor that will meet the research and development needs of Canadian stakeholders for the next 50 years;

AND FURTHER THAT this resolution be circulated to municipalities in the County of Renfrew, the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Cheryl Gallant, MP, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, and John Yakabuski, MPP, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.

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