Canada allots funds to support commercial isotope production

02/28/2013 | Reuters · Bloomberg Businessweek

The Canadian government has committed $24.3 million in support of three research facilities that will work on cyclotron and linear accelerator technologies for commercial-scale isotope production. The move is part of a push to produce an adequate supply of isotopes without using highly enriched uranium by 2016, when the isotope-producing reactor at Chalk River, Ontario, will be shut down. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said the government is seeking a private partner for the Chalk River facility that will handle operations while the government retains ownership.

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