uSask revises research reactor proposal

October 15, 2010

The University of Saskatchewan is dropping medical isotope production from its new proposal to construct a nuclear research reactor that would complement the Canadian Light Source and help make Saskatoon a centre for nuclear science. The federal government's decision this summer not to build a medical isotope-producing reactor to replace the aging Chalk River facility essentially killed a joint proposal from uSask and the provincial government. The proposed Canada Neutron Source would cost between $500 million and $750 million and take up to a decade to build. The reactor's operating costs would range between $45 million and $70 million annually. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix