Former nuclear reactor room in Saskatoon gets the all-clear – Saskatoon

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) says its nuclear research reactor in Saskatoon has been safely decommissioned and the space can now be used for regular office purposes.

The Safe Low-Power Kritical Experiment (SLOWPOKE-2) reactor went into operation in March 1981.

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Officials said the multi-year transition included defueling the reactor and moving the shoebox-sized uranium core to the United States.

“SLOWPOKE-2 leaves a strong legacy in Saskatchewan and proves more than ever that nuclear energy is safe, reliable and sustainable,” said SRC Minister Jeremy Harrison in a press release on Wednesday.

“This is another example of SRC demonstrating leadership and expertise.”

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SLOWPOKE-2 was used to perform neutron activation analyzes to determine uranium and other element concentrations for various industries. During its lifetime, the reactor performed nearly 240,000 analytical tests.


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Officials said testing has declined in recent years and newer technologies have been rolled out at the SRC facility in Saskatoon.

“SRC is incredibly proud of the role our SLOWPOKE-2 has played in creating value for the province by performing analytical testing for the industry for the past 38 years,” said Mike Crabtree, President and CEO of SRC.

“This hands-on experience with the SLOWPOKE-2 can be applied to new nuclear technologies such as small modular reactors as we consider how we can power our future.”

According to official information, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has officially considered the decommissioning to be complete.

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