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Fast Flux Test Facility Shuts Down

Ross Reynolds
12/20/2001 at 1:00 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday ordered the permanent shutdown of the Fast Flux Test Facility on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation -- The decision was celebrated by environmentalists, but some locals are upset over the 230 jobs that will be lost.

It also disappointed researchers, who had hoped to use the reactor to make medical isotopes. What are medical isotopes? And what will the effects of the shut down be?
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