Federal Nuclear Science and Technology (FNST) Work Plan Quarterly Update - QUARTERLY UPDATE Q2 2022/2023
16 February 2023
Antone Brooks As t he nuclear indust ry g lobally looks t o reduce t he uncert aint ies in low dose healt h risk assessment , CNL̓ s Isot opes, Radiobiolog y and Environment Direct orat e, wit h t he support of AECL, Healt h Canada and t he Canadian Nuclear Safet y Commission, is helping t o build a communit y of pract ice in t he sharing of research among st t he Low Dose Radiat ion (LDR) researc. [...] The aim of t he research is t o bet t er underst and t he fat e, t ransport and biolog ical upt ake of polonium-210 (Po-210) and lead-210 (Pb-210) – nat urally occurring radioisot opes associat ed wit h t he uranium-238 decay series t hat exist at very low levels in t he nat ural environment , including aquat ic foodwebs, and may be elevat ed in uranium ore and t ailing s produced by uranium minin. [...] Carried out under an FNST Project t it led, “Advancing nuclear science and t echnolog ies for monit oring , t racking , and charact erizing radioact ive and nuclear mat erials”, t hese experiment s focused on t he funct ion of t he devices and t o det ermine if t here are unexpect ed radiat ion dose rat es t o t he user. [...] These experiment s, t o be execut ed next fiscal year, will be t he most represent at ive of t he react or physics of t he CANDU syst em of any experiment conduct ed in t he hist ory of ZED-2. [...] These t wo project s exemplify t he cont ribut ions of ZED-2 t o science and t echnolog y t o dat e: an essent ial component of t he desig n, licensing , and operat ion of t he CANDU react or, while also making cont ribut ions t o ot her next g enerat ion nuclear t echnolog y.