This session will present the option for domestic production of Cobalt-60 isotopes.  Initiatives include the following: (1) Cobalt 60 growing market in need of new supply – Aging populations and increased access to medicine globally has given rise to increased demand for Gamma sterilization.  Current Cobalt-60 production capacity will need to be replaced over time as reactors reach end of life.  (2) A novel production technology for Cobalt-60 – Westinghouse is developing technology for the irradiation and harvesting Cobalt-60 in PWRs. The goal is to establish a scalable source of Cobalt-60 from US PWRs. (3) PSEGs vision is people providing safe, reliable, economic, and greener energy. Cobalt-60 production brings value to the utility and aligns with their vision and values.


Panelists

  • Richard Wiens (Nordion)
  • Jim Boyle (Westinghouse)
  • Jim Stavely (PSEG)

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