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    On April 26, 1986, steam and hydrogen explosions at the Chernobyl plant's Unit 4 led to a rupture in the reactor vessel and a fire that lasted 10 days. The explosions and fire caused the release of large amounts of radioactive iodine and cesium into the air, mostly near the plant; the wind carried some material over Belarus, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and other parts of Europe. The accident was the product of a flawed reactor design and serious mistakes made by the plant operators. It was a direct consequence of Cold War isolation and the resulting lack of safety culture. Learn more about the Chernobyl accident and the CNSC’s commitment to safety: http://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/health/health-effects-chernobyl-accident.cfm At the CNSC, we will never compromise safety.
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    Happy Earth Day! Did you know that under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA), each nuclear facility is required to develop, implement and maintain an environmental monitoring program? This is to demonstrate to Canadians that the public and the environment are thoroughly protected from emissions related to nuclear activities. At the CNSC, we review the results of licensees’ environmental monitoring programs to ensure compliance. We conduct extensive verification activities ranging from assessing environmental protection programs to regular inspections to confirm that these programs are adequately designed and implemented. The CNSC also has its own Independent Environmental Monitoring Program (IEMP). We collect samples and do our own tests around licensed facilities to further confirm that the public and the environment are safe. This program is not a replacement for compliance verification, but rather a complement to it. It is an extra layer of rigorous activities that helps ensure safety during all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. To learn more about the IEMP and the CNSC’s commitments to public and environmental safety, check out the links below. Independent Environmental Monitoring Program: http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/maps-of-nuclear-facilities/iemp/index-iemp.cfm Environmental Assessments: http://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/environmental-assessments/index.cfm
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    Help support Stephanie, one of our CNSC student in the Nuclear Olympiad by liking her YouTube video! The Nuclear Olympiad is an international competition, where candidates must create and post on youtube a one minute video addressing different areas of nuclear technology. This year the topic was the “Production of Radionuclides For Global Development”.
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    Come find out how Canada’s nuclear regulator ensures that nuclear activities and facilities are safe, and talk with CNSC staff about the Independent Environmental Monitoring Program (IEMP). What: CNSC 101 information session When: May 11, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Where: Carpenter’s Local 397 Union Hall, 459 Croft Street, Port Hope, ON During this information session, you will also learn about local CNSC-licensed facilities and projects in Port Hope and hear more about the CNSC’s public Commission proceedings to be held in the community on November 9 and 10, 2016. Register online today by visiting: http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/stay-connected/get-involved/cnsc-101/reg-form.cfm.
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    #DidYouKnow that the CNSC has conducted over three decades of research on the feasibility and safety of deep geological repositories (DGRs)? Take a trip back in time to read about all of the CNSC’s research on DGRs in Canada since 1978! http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/pdfs/DGR/DGR-chronology-full-graphic-eng.pdf
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