McMaster Nuclear Research Reactor
McMaster University owns and is licensed to operate the Nuclear Research Reactor, located in Hamilton, Ontario. The CNSC has full-time, dedicated staff who periodically perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.
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Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Licensee: McMaster University
Type of Reactor: Pool
Licence issued: July 2014
Licence expires: June 2024
Start of commercial operation: 1959
The reactor is used for a variety of purposes including research and education, commercial applications such as neutron radiography, and medical radioisotope production. The MNR is an important producer of Iodine-125, used in cancer therapy.
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June 27, 2014: McMaster University's Nuclear Reactor Licence Renewed
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