Why our nuclear safety watchdogs shouldn’t be part-timers
Ottawa Citizen

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By Peter Calamai, Ottawa Citizen, July 20, 2016

One very important facet has been missing from news reports concerning the alleged withholding of relevant information about nuclear risks from the five people in change of Canada’s nuclear safety watchdog.

Four of the five permanent commissioners of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission are part-time appointees. Only the CEO and president, PhD physicist Michael Binder, works full-time at the demanding job of overseeing the safety of nuclear power reactors, research reactors, medical and industrial radio-isotopes, uranium mining and fulfilling Canada’s obligations for ensuring the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons or bombs.