Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"a catastrophe"

Reactor shutdown 'catastrophe' as medical isotopes dry up

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
May 19, 2009
OTTAWA — A shutdown of the Canadian nuclear reactor that produces much of the world's medical isotopes is a “catastrophe” that threatens to delay or cancel critical medical procedures both in Canada and abroad for many weeks, medical experts said Tuesday.

The aging reactor at Chalk River, Ont., which has been plagued with problems in recent years, will be closed for at least a month as technicians repair a leak of heavy water.

“It's a catastrophe. For 18 months I have refrained from using that word. I have to use it,” said Jean-Luc Urbain, the president of the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine. “It's a catastrophe for the patients, for the health-care system in general, and for the profession.”

Read the article  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090519.chalk20/BNStory/Front/home

And what politician will take responsibility for this mess?