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MoltexFLEX scientists worked with the University of Manchester's Nuclear Graphite Research Group to use X-ray micro CT scanners to investigate how molten salt infiltrates pores within standard industrial grades of graphite.

Date: Wednesday, 07 February 2024
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The University of Missouri has launched an initiative to build a new, larger research reactor, NextGen MURR. The university's existing MU Research Reactor (MURR) - in operation for more than half a century - is the highest-powered university research reactor in the USA and is currently the country's only producer of certain medical radioisotopes.

Date: Saturday, 01 April 2023
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US-based NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes is pressing ahead with developing non-uranium-based production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) using its recently completed Accelerator Production facility in Wisconsin. NorthStar says the “two beams on target” accelerator is expected to almost double its commercial-scale Mo-99 capability and augments its domestic Mo-99 production, which is a collaborative venture with the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR). Mo-99 is the parent radioisotope of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the most widely used radioisotope for diagnostic imaging.

Date: Thursday, 19 January 2023
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NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes' facility in Beloit, Wisconsin, has been built with financial and technical support from the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). It will produce molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) without using highly enriched uranium.

Date: Thursday, 01 December 2022
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This is a "fantastic moment" for the USA to reclaim global nuclear energy leadership and lead in the conversations on energy security and the carbon transition worldwide, says Kathryn Huff, the US Department of Energy’s new assistant secretary for nuclear energy, in a question and answer session for the Office of Nuclear Energy setting out her priorities for the role.

Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2022
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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Environmental Management (EM) has partnered with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) to complete the recent demolition of a building and removal of a reactor to make room for new facilities, LLNL said on 10 May.

Date: Saturday, 14 May 2022
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US has been relying heavily on overseas producers NorthStar’s RadioGenix system produces the medical radioisope Mo-99 without the use of uranium. Courtesy NorthStar. NorthStar Medical Technologies of Wisconsin will receive $37m under two cooperative agreements with the US National Nuclear Security Administration for the production of molybdenum-99 without the use of high-enriched uranium.

Mo-99, a critical medical radioisotope, is used in more than 40,000 medical procedures in the US each day, including the diagnosis of heart disease and cancer.

The awards, announced on 27 August, are the first of four agreements to come from the NNSA’s most recent funding opportunity announcement, issued in July 2020, and are part of the agency’s broader nonproliferation programme. The NNSA said it is in negotiations with two other unnamed companies for the award of the other cooperative agreements.

The funding is being provided through the NNSA’s Mo-99 programme, which is managed by the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation and supports the establishment of domestic supplies of Mo-99 without the use of proliferation-sensitive HEU.

Date: Wednesday, 01 September 2021
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The nuclear power industry and its supply chain already conforms with the environment, social and governance (ESG) principles being discussed by investors, delegates at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum heard on 14 April. However, speakers in a session on ESG investments in the nuclear fuel cycle called for the industry to be more vocal in getting this message across.

Date: Saturday, 17 April 2021
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The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded cooperative agreements for the production of molybdenum-99 to three US companies. The announcement came as one of the companies - Shine Medical Technologies - submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to produce medical isotopes at its new production facility in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Date: Tuesday, 23 July 2019
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