Whiteshell Laboratories

Aerial photo of Whiteshell Laboratories in Pinawa, Manitoba

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) established the Whiteshell Laboratories complex for nuclear research during the early 1960s. A major focus of the program at Whiteshell was the WR-1 organically cooled research reactor, which was shut down in 1985. The reactor is partially decommissioned and in safe storage awaiting final decommissioning. The facilities are currently being decommissioned by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd.

Facility Information

Location: Whiteshell Laboratories is located approximately 10 km west of Pinawa and 100 km northeast of Winnipeg, on the east bank of the Winnipeg River.
Licensee: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd. (CNL)
Status: In decommissioning phase
Licence expires: December 31, 2019

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