In support of its mission to discover, disseminate, and apply new knowledge, the University of Alberta operates two nuclear research facilities: the Medical Isotope and Cyclotron Facility (MICF) and the Safe Low Power Kritical Experiment (SLOWPOKE) Nuclear Reactor Facility. The facilities support research and teaching at the university.
The MICF cyclotron is currently operational. The SLOWPOKE reactor was decommissioned in 2017.
The MICF and SLOWPOKE facilities are licensed and regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
All MICF and SLOWPOKE staff and visitors must abide by the university's comprehensive health and safety program, developed and managed by Environment, Health and Safety. Each facility also maintains an emergency response program in collaboration with University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS) and Fire Rescue Services (FRS).
Both facilities meet CNSC environment, health and safety regulations.
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