Medical Isotopes, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session to Receive Testimony on H.R. 3276, the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2009, December 3, 2009 [open pdf - 277KB]
From the opening statement of Jeff Bingaman: "Today's hearing is to receive testimony on H.R. 3276, the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2009, which was voted out of the House on a bipartisan basis. It addresses the recommendations of the report prepared by the National Academies of Science on the feasibility of producing medical isotopes, principally molybdenum- 99 without highly enriched uranium, the principal material used in a fission-based nuclear weapon over 60 years ago and which we are urgently trying to collect around the world today. As an incentive to limit the export of HEU, the bill authorizes a $163 million program to work with industry to convert existing HEU-fueled reactors capable of producing isotopes, as well as other alternate methods such as accelerators." [...] Representatives Edward J. Markey and Fred Upton add the following statement: "The American Medical Isotopes Production Act will safeguard Americans' healthcare and our national security. By helping to establish production of critical medical isotopes here at home, the American Medical Isotopes Production Act will end our dependence on aging nuclear reactors outside of our borders. And by responsibly ending the export of weapons-usable highly enriched uranium for medical isotope production, this bill will give a much-needed boost to U.S. efforts to permanently convert all reactors away from the unnecessary and dangerous use of bomb-quality material." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeff Bingaman, Roy Brown, Kevin D. Crowley, Lisa Murkowski, Edward J. Markey, Fred Upton, and Parrish Staples.
S. Hrg. 111-314; Senate Hearing 111-314
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