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2012-04-03 06:21:59

HOBBS, N.M., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- International Isotopes Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: INIS), a leading manufacturer of nuclear medicine products, is pleased to announce it has received its air permit from the New Mexico Environment Department for the planned depleted uranium de-conversion and fluorine extraction processing facility. While other state permits are necessary prior to the commencement of operations; the State's issuance of this permit completes permitting actions required...

2012-03-29 10:16:35

American researchers have shown that prospective magnetic fusion power systems would pose a much lower risk of being used for the production of weapon-usable materials than nuclear fission reactors and their associated fuel cycle. The researchers, from Princeton University, found that if nuclear fusion power plants are designed to accommodate appropriate safeguards, there is little risk of fissile materials being produced for weapons, either secretly or overtly. Their results have been...

2012-03-29 09:03:42

Sandia National Laboratories is using its Ion Beam Laboratory (IBL) to study how to rapidly evaluate the tougher advanced materials needed to build the next generation of nuclear reactors and extend the lives of current reactors. Reactor operators need advanced cladding materials, which are the alloys that create the outer layer of nuclear fuel rods to keep them separate from the cooling fluid. Better alloys will be less likely to deteriorate from exposure to everything from coolant fluids...

2012-03-12 11:35:23

Scientists have produced a previously unseen uranium molecule, in a development that could help improve clean-up processes for nuclear waste Scientists have produced a previously unseen uranium molecule, in a development that could help improve clean-up processes for nuclear waste. The distinctive butterfly-shaped compound is similar to radioactive molecules that scientists had proposed to be key components of nuclear waste, but were thought too unstable to exist for long....

2012-03-07 08:25:00

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- International Isotopes Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: INIS) announces Alpha-Omega Services Inc. (AOS) has obtained approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for their series of AOS model containers. INIS entered into an agreement with AOS, of Bellflower, California, to be their exclusive worldwide distributor for a new family of Type B (U) radioactive material transportation containers. Since that time, AOS and INIS have awaited NRC...

2012-01-26 13:54:33

Japan used seawater to cool nuclear fuel at the stricken Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant after the tsunami in March 2011 -- and that was probably the best action to take at the time, says Professor Alexandra Navrotsky of the University of California, Davis. But Navrotsky and others have since discovered a new way in which seawater can corrode nuclear fuel, forming uranium compounds that could potentially travel long distances, either in solution or as very small particles. The research...

Image 1 - New Material Removes Radioactive Gas From Spent Nuclear Fuel
2012-01-25 11:04:00

Research by a team of Sandia chemists could impact worldwide efforts to produce clean, safe nuclear energy and reduce radioactive waste. The Sandia researchers have used metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to capture and remove volatile radioactive gas from spent nuclear fuel. “This is one of the first attempts to use a MOF for iodine capture,” said chemist Tina Nenoff of Sandia´s Surface and Interface Sciences Department. The discovery could be applied to nuclear fuel...

2012-01-17 08:15:00

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- International Isotopes Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: INIS), announces the NRC has commenced the public notification and comment period on the draft EIS for the Company's planned depleted uranium de-conversion facility. As a part of the public comment period process, the NRC plans a public meeting in Hobbs, New Mexico on February 2, 2012. In addition to the public meeting, comments on the project and the draft EIS will be taken until February 27,...

2012-01-12 21:12:16

Researchers at the University of Oviedo (Spain) have come up with a way of tagging gunpowder which allows its illegal use to be detected even after it has been detonated. Based on the addition of isotopes, the technique can also be used to track and differentiate between wild fish and those from a fish farm, such as trout and salmon. A new method for tagging and identifying objects, substances and living beings has just been presented in this month's issue of the Analytical Chemistry...

2012-01-09 14:03:42

Scientists at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Oxford University (United Kingdom) and the University of Michigan (USA) have joined efforts to develop new materials for thermonuclear fusion reactors. Their research focuses on characterization of oxide dispersion-strengthened, reduced-activation steel for the reactor structure. Thermonuclear fusion promises to be a possible solution to the current energy crisis. It is produced when two atomic nuclei of light elements combine to...