12/21/2009

The planned shutdown of the Dutch reactor for repairs starting Feb. 19 next year until the end of August will result in only a two- to three-week shortage in supply of medical isotopes because the reactors in Belgium, France and South Africa have coordinated and agreed to take measures to alleviate anticipated problems, said Robert Atcher, chairman of SNM's Domestic Isotope Availability Committee. The problem would worsen only if the Canadian reactor does not get back on operation as scheduled, Atcher said.

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