Canada may soon be out of the isotope business — whether we like it or not

U.S. mulls firing up its own reactors

Remember a few months back when the prime minister told reporters that Canada was getting out of the isotope business? Turns out he may be right — although it may not be voluntary. The Globe and Mail reports that Parrish Staples, a senior official with the National Nuclear Security Administration told a meeting of the National Academies that the United States is looking at “a broad spectrum of ways to convert reactors in the U.S. to produce a domestic supply of technetium.” According to “nuclear watchers” back here in Canada, that could “doom” the industry here, and leave Canada dependent on the U.S. for future isotope needs.

The Globe and Mail