Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chalk River Reactor Limps Along


Patched together by binder twine and chewing gum, the old beast sputters away, providing the world's only source of medical isotopes. I've been in nuclear all my life, and this is the most horrific situation I've ever imagined, especially since I know exactly what will happen when the earthquake hits.

So here's toast to the Old Gal: "May you spring a thousand more leaks, for you are the Harper Horribilus, and can never die!"


Harbles said...

Another Canadian blogger has weighed in on this. See In the House and Senate.
It boggles the mind that there is no plan to resolve this issue of safe continued Medical Radioisotope production as the NRU is way past it's retirement date and the Maples are dead on arrival.
I can't help but think that the comercial interests (MDS Nordion)are going to find themselves on the outside looking in when some nuclear capable country (India for example) seizes the opportunity to supply the 50% of the world market that the NRU currently serves.

Harold Asmis said...

That's neat! Soon we'll only find Lisa hiding in a Canadian Tire!