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Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on next-generation reactors for India as the Canadian government closes in on a cooperation deal with the long-time nuclear renegade nation.

Canada’s international trade minister Stockwell Day said India is interested in buying Canadian components, uranium and hazardous waste treatment systems to help build 25 or 30 new reactors. Day made the announcement from Mumbai, where he was wrapping up a four-day trade mission with some of the top CEOs of Canada’s nuclear industry.

It’s a pivotal moment for Canada, which stopped nuclear co-operation with India in 1974 after the government used plutonium from a Canadian reactor to build an atomic bomb.

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