Wednesday, December 12, 2007

ANOTHER NEED FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY

This is what happens when there is inertia towards construction of reactors for peaceful purposes:
"Hospitals across North America have been forced to cancel tests for cancer and heart disease because the unexpected closure of a Canadian nuclear reactor has led to a sudden shortage of medical isotopes.

The 50-year-old National Research Universal (NRU) reactor located in Chalk River, Ontario, was shut down on 18 November for scheduled maintenance and was due back online by mid-December. But Atomic Energy Canada, which owns and operates the facility, extended the outage to install safety-related equipment, including upgrades to the reactor cooling pumps. The reactor supplies about 60% of the molybdenum isotopes used in medical applications globally, including molybdenum-99, which decays into technetium-99m and is used in about 16 million nuclear medicine procedures annually in the United States...The shortage has reignited a discussion over securing the US supply of medical isotopes by building a reactor in the United States."
Again, there's no sense if the debate about nuclear weapons and terrorist attacks is regularly conflated with peaceful and necessary uses of nuclear energy.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Vivek Gupta said...

Did you check your blog on the blog readability site.

http://www.criticsrant.com/bb/reading_level.aspx

I knew this was wrong when it showed your blog readability as 'Undergrad' and mine as 'Genius', lol

10:28 AM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

I am sure your blog is more technically sophisticated than mine!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Manasi said...

Do you know about how things stand with isotopes for medical use in India?

2:14 PM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

That's a good question. I don't know, will be interesting to find out.

6:48 AM  

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