December 10, 2007 | Mark Paradies

Controversy Surrounds Shutdown of Canadian Reactor that Makes Medical Isotopes

When your spokesperson says:

“We are doing our root-cause analysis of the situation and we will have the answers to the comments and concerns that were raised.”

You know that your company is in trouble.

For the complete article see:

“Safety agency demands answers over AECL violation that caused isotope drought.”
by Colin Perkins of the Canadian Press

It is interesting that major incidents in the nuclear industry usually don’t involve deaths or injuries. Instead, this incident is the result of misunderstanding a regulatory safety requirement. The continued reactor shutdown for regulatory concerns may cost lives because the medical isotopes that the reactor produces won’t be available to test for cancer and other diseases.

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