Four new producers of medical isotopes have signed a pledge to reduce radioxenon emissions and to share information on emission levels with the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). As the worldwide production of life-saving medical isotopes increases, so do emissions of the radioactive noble gas xenon. While the emissions in question are not harmful to human health or the environment, they may mask a potential release of this noble gas from an underground nuclear test, thus affecting one of the CTBTO’s key verification technologies.
At the signing ceremony, CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo praised the exemplary corporate responsibility of the medical isotope producers concerned, saying: “I welcome this cooperation with some of the key producers of medical isotopes. It helps us to provide confidence to our Member States that now and in the future, no radioactive release from a nuclear test will go unnoticed.”
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