Upkeep on ORNL’s hot cells

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.plutonium

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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