McMaster nuclear reactor receives 20-year operational license renewal

McMaster University’s nuclear reactor has received a 20-year operational license renewal from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The renewal—which is the longest in the reactor’s history—will provide greater stability and strengthen the university’s efforts to attract staff and researchers. “That we were able to establish a safety case and all of the maintenance routines to allow the regulators to give us a 20-year licence like this is unprecedented,” said McMaster Professor David Novog. Norvog said that since the reactor runs at low temperatures and pressure, it experiences a much slower rate of degradation, which justifies the license extension.

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