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Canadian Medical Reactor Gets Nod to Restart

by Kathy Jones on July 8, 2010 at 10:46 PM
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 Canadian Medical Reactor Gets Nod to Restart

The restarting of a reactor that produced one-third of the world's supply of medical isotopes before it closed for repairs last year has been authorized by Canada's nuclear safety commission.

The half-century old National Research Universal reactor in Chalk River, Ontario, 185 kilometers (115 miles) northwest of Ottawa, could be restarted at the end of the month.

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It was shut down in May 2009 after a leak of radioactive water inside the reactor.

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) 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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