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The Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has welcomed a federal government funding allocation intended to support nuclear medicine development. During a visit to ANSTO’s Lucas Heights campus near Sidney, Minister for Industry & Science Ed Husic outlined plans for a new Nuclear Medicine Facility to replace ANSTO’s ageing Nuclear Medicine Processing & Distribution Facility, which was built in 1959 as a research laboratory, also known as Building 23.

Date: Wednesday, 11 October 2023
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Worldwide supplies of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) made without using highly enriched uranium (HEU) are now sufficient for the USA to ban exports of HEU material for foreign medical isotope production.

Date: Friday, 24 December 2021
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The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on 6 October released a new report, “Small Modular Reactors in the Australian Context”, which offers an overview of SMRs, their potential role in Australia and likely operating costs.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
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Australian fusion energy start-up HB11 Energy Holdings said on 19 February that it had closed its oversubscribed pre-seed fundraise at AUD4.6 million ($3.6m) and started its experimental programme, after opening the round in April 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
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The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation's (ANSTO) medical isotope production facility announced in January that it had become the second in the world to install a high-resolution monitoring system to track emissions from its medical radioisotopes production facility under an initiative led by the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
ANSTO and PNNL said the detector system was installed in October at the medical isotope production facility at Lucas Heights. The first such system had been installed in a monitor stack at the Institute for Radioelements (IRE) at Fleurus in Belgium. Both IRE and ANSTO produce molybdenum-99 by irradiating uranium in a reactor. The process releases gaseous fission products including xenon isotopes. While representing no danger to the public, the isotopes resemble those produced by a nuclear explosion.

Date: Tuesday, 05 February 2019
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Radioisotope producers around the world are working to meet the capacity lost with the end of production by Canada's National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in 2016. Construction of a new production facility in the USA will help to meet the growing global demand for medical radioisotopes.

Date: Friday, 04 August 2017
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At the recent World Nuclear Fuel Cycle conference in Abu Dhabi, a new concept of nuclear fuel leasing was publicly proposed, writes Ian Hore-Lacy.  

Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2016
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Nuclear will continue to decline according to a new report written from an antinuclear point of view. At this point there is no obvious sign that the international nuclear industry could turn the decline into a promising future, it says.

Date: Thursday, 27 August 2009
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