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Canada ordered a nuclear reactor to be re-opened even though the risk was far greater than international standards permit, a committee has heard.
Linda Keen told a House of Commons committee that she was acting according to the law when she refused to approve restarting the reactor last year.
She was later sacked as head of the country's nuclear watchdog.
The plant produces two-thirds of the world's medical isotopes, and the shutdown created a worldwide shortage.
Ms Keen refused to re-open the Chalk River plant after it was shut for routine maintenance in November last year, because some safety back-up systems were not working.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in December that there was no risk of a meltdown, and his Conservative government pushed emergency legislation through parliament to get it working again.