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Nuclear Reactor in Canada Restarted

by Rathi Manohar on  August 18, 2010 at 9:25 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
A nuclear reactor in Canada that had produced one-third of the world's supply of medical isotopes before being closed for repairs last year will be restarted on Tuesday.
 Nuclear Reactor in Canada Restarted
Nuclear Reactor in Canada Restarted
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Its restarting was authorized last month and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) said on Tuesday that it had concluded low-level tests on the reactor.

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"The reactor is now operating at high power and can begin to create medical isotopes," the agency said in a statement.

The half-century old National Research Universal reactor in Chalk River, Ontario, 185 kilometers (115 miles) northwest of Ottawa, was shut down in May 2009 after a leak of radioactive water inside the reactor.

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited had initially estimated the stoppage would last only a few months.

Medical isotopes produced by the reactor are used to diagnose cancer and heart disease in patients around the world. The shutdown led to a global shortage of the precious radioactive material.

Source: AFP
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