Funding for University of Missouri reactor makes progress

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A state representative says she’ll attempt to find $10 million for new training and classroom space at University of Missouri’s research reactor.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Republican state Rep. Donna Lichtenegger arranged for six House members to visit the reactor and hear a one-hour pitch from officials Monday.

The chairwoman of the House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee previously denied a budget increase to the university for the upcoming fiscal year.

Reactor officials said the $10 million is important for developing industries that use elements exposed to radiation for medical purposes. The reactor supplies elements that reduce bone cancer pain and treat inoperable liver cancer.

Executive director Ralph Butler said the reactor is the most powerful one at a U.S. college and is a reliable source for almost any nuclear material.
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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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