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SNM applauds US Department of Energy's move to develop domestic radioisotope supply
Date:1/27/2010

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The GE project aims to create a reliable U.S. supply of Mo-99 without the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) to respond to a shortage from the repeated, unplanned outages at facilities where it is currently produced. They also say that their technology can be used with existing nuclear reactors rather than requiring the construction of new ones.

The B&W partnership would rely on building a new reactor using low-enriched uranium (LEU) to provide Mo-99, rather than HEU, which has been identified as a potential security threat. They are proposing to utilize a different reactor technology for production.

On a related matter, the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2009 (H.R. 3276), which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2009, is now pending in the U.S. Senate. If passed, this legislation would provide critical funding to help create a stable and reliable supply of medical isotopes in the U.S.


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Society of Nuclear Medicine
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