If case you haven’t noticed, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been adding some nuclear work for its multiple hot cell facilities, including the lab’s heralded role in producing plutonium-238 for the space program and conducting research on high-burn-up nuclear fuel from the North Anna Reactor in Virginia.
There is $26 million in the administration’s proposed FY 2017 budget to be applied to the four hot-cell facilities at ORNL. That would reportedly be a big step up from the base operating budget and help meet the need for refurbishments.
But, as ORNL Deputy Lab Director Jeff Smith noted the other day, it’s just a proposal at this stage of the game.
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