AECL reactor shutdown to last at least 3 months

Guest Contributor
June 2, 2009

The emergency shutdown of the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd's National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at Chalk River ON will last much longer than originally anticipated. The NRU — contracted by MDS Nordion, Kanata ON, to produce the majority of medical isotopes used for medical procedures in North America — will now remain idle for at least three months. The interruption halts treatments for thousands of patients and will costs MDS more than $4 million a month in foregone revenue. The shutdown was caused by a heavy water leak. The NRU is one of four reactors globally producing commercial quantities of molybdenum-99. MDS says a significant shortage is certain and that it is examining its limited options for alternative sources of supply....

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