Atomic Energy Canada Ltd. (AECL) has not had an easy time over the past several years. Despite record levels of financial support from the central government, it has managed to repeatedly disrupt North American medical isotope supplies with unplanned outages at the now 50-year old Chalk River reactor. Record cost over-runs at the Port Lepreau reactor refurbishment project have set the rest of the Canadian reactor world on edge.

Worse, AECL can’t even win a major contract at Darlington in its home province of Ontario that would have secured its place in domestic energy markets and set the basis for revived...

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