Nuclear Reactor gets new license

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COLUMBIA - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted a 20-year operating license for the University of Missouri's nuclear research reactor.

The University of Misouri Research Reactor Center, known as MURR, "... is an open pool-type reactor which is light-water moderated and cooled," according to the Office of the Federal Register.

The research center is used to create radioisotopes for medical use and to analyze artifacts.

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MURR is a key investment for the University because it's research generates a significant amount of money.

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For almost half of a century, the reactor has been operating in Columbia. The reactor began operating in 1966 under at 50-year license granted by the NRC. The 20-year license extension was the product of an equally long application process.

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The application consisted of # of pages of technical information. The process required more than paperwork. The nuclear research center's infrastructure was updated.

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The Commission deteremed the facility complied with the Atomic Energy Act and the NRC's rules and regulations. The license was issued on Jan. 12, 2017.

 

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