Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Nuclear safety versus isotopes

I find Stephen Harper's rushed move to restart the Chalk River nuclear reactor highly unusual. In a manner uncharacteristic of Harper, our prime minister boldly declared "there will be no accident". What if there really is an accident? If no accident, then a near-miss or a small "incident", perhaps a leak? Isotopes for medical diagnosis are important, but I hope our parliamentarians carefully weigh the (small) chance of a catastrophic meltdown versus the medical risks of a month-long delay in diagnostic procedures for Canadian hospitals and patients. Let's not have the debate degrade into a game of partisan brinksmanship.