Gallery: Spent Nuclear Fuel Could Be Used to Sterilize Medical Products...

 

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For decades, engineers have been looking for something to do with spent nuclear waste other than letting it just sit in a repository. There are 104 nuclear reactors in the country with tons of old fuel just waiting to find a purpose. Russell Goff, a masters student in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Oregon State University and his company G-Demption LLC see the material as a way to sterilize medical equipment and foods. Holding an isotope in a patent-pending tube, he can harness the gamma rays to kill harmful bacteria.

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