New ORNL center will make important isotopes

Oak Ridge National Laboratory had an October 24 groundbreaking ceremony for the US Stable Isotope Production and Research Center. A design image of the new center is pictured above.

For decades, Oak Ridge made stable isotopes. Those are non-radioactive forms of atoms that can be used in medicine and industry, and for research and national security.

But that production at the Y-12 National Security Complex stopped in the 1990s. And the stockpiles are being depleted, according to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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