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OTTAWA – The head of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission said he did not feel compelled to alert the public about a nuclear reactor leak last year and was surprised by the attention it received.
“We were caught by surprise at the level of interest that the events generated,” commission president Michael Binder told the House of Commons standing committee on natural resources yesterday. “There was no cover-up. There were no risks to health, safety or the environment from these events.”
The nuclear reactor at Chalk River had to extend an outage in December for what operator Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. said at the time were technical problems.