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Compound Removes Radioactive Material From Power Plant Waste
March 13, 2008
Strontium 90 is a common radioactive by-product of fission in nuclear power plants. When extracted from the reactor along with other isotopes, a mixture is created made up of the radioactive material and inert ions like sodium and calcium. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University have developed a compound that captures the radioactive ions so they can be siphoned off and separated from inert material.
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory
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