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An accident at the NRU reactor in Chalk River

Using technology developed for atomic bombs, Canadian scientists hoped to bring safe, economical power to an energy-hungry world. By 1962, the first Candu (Canada Deuterium Uranium) reactor was powering Canadian homes, and Canada led the world in nuclear power generation technology. But Candu has fallen on hard times, faced with rising costs and serious environmental and ethical questions.

An accident at the NRU reactor spreads radioactive dust throughout the 12-storey building.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Newsmagazine
Broadcast Date: June 1, 1958
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Duration: 0:42

Last updated: March 18, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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