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Whiteshell Laboratories

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Whiteshell Laboratories WR 1 Reactor: In Situ Decommissioning

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Whiteshell Laboratories Closure Project Building 300 Stages 4 & 7 Demolition

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NUCLEAR RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT - NO SOUND

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Small Modular Reactors at CNL

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End of a nuclear era

The Whiteshell Laboratories, originally known as the Whiteshell Nuclear Research Establishment, was an Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) laboratory in Manitoba, northeast of Winnipeg. It was originally built as a home for the experimental WR-1 reactor, but over time came to host a variety of experimental systems, including a SLOWPOKE reactor and the Underground Research Laboratory to study nuclear waste disposal. Employment peaked in the early 1970s at about 1,300, but during the 1980s the experiments began to wind down, and in 2003 the decision was made to close the site. As of 2017 the site is undergoing decommissioning with a planned completion date in 2024.
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