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Dr. Rosana Salvaterra: Toronto visit shows safety built into BWXT design

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18.02.2020

"Concern" is an imprecise word, especially when used in the context of health risks. Its synonyms are "anxiety," "fear," "apprehension," and even "alarm." However, to be "unconcerned" can be misconstrued to mean being indifferent, or nonchalant. In the lead up to the BWXT re-licencing hearings scheduled for March, it's been a struggle to find the right words to convey clearly and succinctly our best assessment of risk for city of Peterborough residents, especially those living in proximity to the plant that manufactures fuel rods for the CANDU nuclear reactors.

Perhaps "Informed" may be a good word to start with. As part of our assessment, the toxicology profiles for both uranium and beryllium have been carefully reviewed. So too the monographs released by the International Agency for Research in Cancer, and the technical science behind the establishment of current health protective guidelines and limits for air, water and soil. Scrutiny of available data on emissions and associated radiation dose shows that releases of uranium and beryllium have been far below the established limits. This is supported by testing of air and water which have, more often than not, been unable to detect the presence of these substances. Objective measurements of the........

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