Experiments and isotope production have been affected, but employees are still able to carry out their normal duties at the High Flux Isotope Reactor as the U.S. Department of Energy investigates a slightly elevated radiation level in HFIR’s primary cooling system.
The High Flux Isotope Reactor, which is used for research and isotope production, is at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
In a response to questions on Wednesday, ORNL Communications Director David Keim said the slightly elevated reading in the primary cooling system was well below alarm levels.
“The HFIR operators promptly responded to the reading and placed the reactor in a safe condition,” Keim said. [Read more…]