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AECL Chalk River Laboratories invites you to public Open House


July 10, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

July 10, 2012 – For the first time in over a decade, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) will open its doors to the public. The “family-friendly” Open House—being held August 11 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Chalk River Laboratories, will give the public an opportunity to learn more about the nuclear science and technology organization, and some of the Canadian science facilities that call the Ottawa Valley home.

“AECL is really excited to open its doors and welcome the public to the Chalk River Laboratories to learn more about the important scientific, technical and operational activities that go on here in the Ottawa Valley,” said Bob Walker, AECL’s president & CEO. “We’re extremely proud of the role AECL plays in developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear science and technology, and this event is a great opportunity to give our local communities a better understanding of our nuclear programs.”

Last held in the summer of 2000, AECL’s Open House is intended to provide the local community a glimpse into some of the different programs and services that AECL undertakes on behalf of Canadians. A number of activities are being planned for visitors of all ages. In addition to displays and demonstrations, a non-technical seminar series and guided and unguided walking tours, the Open House will feature numerous activities for children, including a Kids in Science demonstration held by Science North.

Among the many activities taking place at the Open House will be demonstrations of some of AECL’s tools and technologies, including robotic tooling and simulation equipment. A number of AECL’s heavy equipment vehicles, including its fire trucks and security vehicles, will also be available for visitors to check out. And, in addition to many educational opportunities for the whole family, a BBQ dinner will also be available for purchase.

“We really hope the community takes advantage of this opportunity,” added Walker. “We’ve had a lot of requests over the years from community members, friends, family members and colleagues to hold an event like this, and we hope to have a strong turnout on August 11.”

Interested in attending? Please note pre-registration is required. Simply visit www.aecl.ca/OpenHouse to fill out the registration form prior to August 10. Visitors are encouraged to attend the Open House with a current AECL staff member, but AECL says it will offer tours to any interested member of the public.

A complete list of activities will be available in the coming weeks. Interested visitors are encouraged to visit www.aecl.ca/OpenHouse for the latest news and information on the event.