Nuclear infrastructure at ORNL

In a press release from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office, it was noted that the energy and water appropriations bill — which passed the subcommittee headed by Alexander on Tuesday — contains money for nuclear infrastructure at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. That includes funding for “hot cells and isotope production facilities,” the statement said.

Asked about the proposed funding, ORNL Director Thom Mason said, “The nuclear infrastructure funding relates to operating funding for our non-reactor nuclear facilities where we do work such as isotope production (Cf-252, Pu-238, …) as well as examination of irradiated materials of relevance to fission and fusion.”

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