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Production in medical isotopes facility temporarily halted

Earlier this week NRG has decided to temporarily close the Molybdenum Production Facility (MPF), due to a possible breach of a boundary condition for safe operations. More specifically, this relates to the permitted safe levels of uranium in one of the liquid waste tanks for one of the molybdenum production lines. NRG has taken all necessary extra precautions to guarantee the safety of employees and that of the environment.

All expertise in and outside of NRG have been brought together to form a project team which coordinates all actions necessary to return to full production. The MPF will be kept out of operation until all measures have been taken to prevent any such possible breach in the future.

More about the MPF
The MPF has been in operation since 1996 and is an indispensable facility for the production of medical isotopes. The MPF consists of two production lines that are used for a continuous availability of Molybdenum.

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Note to the editor:
NRG is an internationally operating nuclear service provider and operator of the High Flux Reactor Petten (HFR), in The Netherlands. The HFR is the largest producer of medical isotopes in Europe and second largest worldwide. Daily, 24.000 patients are treated in hospitals around the world with isotopes produced in Petten. Furthermore, NRG provides independent consultancy and irradiation services for nuclear industry and safety authorities. Our areas of expertise are radiation protection, radioactive waste recycling and storage, consultancy on safety and efficiency of an nuclear energy infrastructure. NRG’s nuclear knowledge base, over 500 highly experienced employees in Petten and Arnhem and the nuclear facilities in Petten enable us to provide top quality service.

For the Dutch Ministry of EL&I and the European Union, NRG executes a national nuclear R&D programme in the fields of CO2 free energy, safety of current and future nuclear energy systems and physical protection against ionizing radiation for people and environment.