Chalk River Laboratories
AECL's Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) are located in the Province of Ontario, 190 km northwest of Canada's national capital, Ottawa. The CRL site comprises 3,700 hectares (9,100 acres) along the Ottawa River.
The site has unique capabilities in expertise and specialized facilities that support key federal nuclear science and technology priorities: innovation for industry, safety, security, health, environmental and clean energy technologies.
AECL's Whiteshell Laboratories (WL), located 100 km northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was operated from 1961 to 1997. This is where AECL pioneered the development of dry storage containment facilities for used nuclear fuel, a – technology that is now in use throughout the world. The site is now being decommissioned.