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Followup inspection shows improvements in nuclear safety

Officials from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) conducted a followup inspection of the St. John's campus Sept. 27-29, 2011.

Although the inspection found improvements since the June inspection, a number of non-compliance items were identified and the university remains in non-compliance with the Nuclear Safety and Control Act. None of the citations were health and safety related and there is no risk to human health.

Some of the citations include: frivolous use of the radiation warning symbol where no nuclear substances are used; expired internal permit posted and failure to post the internal permit.

Mr. Kent Decker, Memorial's vice-president (administration and finance), acknowledged the co-operation and support of permit holders around the university throughout the last three months.

"The inspectors commented on the improvements made in the inspected labs since their previous visit and I appreciate the efforts made by our Department of Health and Safety and our nuclear substance permit holders," he said. "This is a very serious issue and we must continue on this path of improvement. We are committed to bringing Memorial into compliance with the Nuclear Safety and Control Act."

The CNSC has issued an order under Section 35 of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and officials in the Department of Health and Safety are developing an action plan to respond to the order addressing issues identified during the inspection.

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