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SHINE session focuses on safety

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Frank Schultz
June 14, 2013

— Safety in a plant where radiation is produced appeared to be the main concern at a cordial meeting between local residents and SHINE Medical Technologies in Janesville on Thursday.

SHINE plans to build a plant in Janesville to produce isotopes for medical use and employ about 150 people.

Thursday's meeting at the Holiday Inn Express was one in a series of updates and question/answer sessions the company has pledged to provide. About 20 attended, including several SHINE employees and Janesville City Council members.

Greg Piefer, the company's chief executive officer and founder, said the company has made significant progress in satisfying federal regulators, although that process is not complete.

Piefer also reported progress in proving that SHINE's process for producing the isotopes is viable.

One question officials could not immediately answer was how much water the plant would use.

SHINE Chief Operating Officer Vann Bynum said he could supply that figure to the questioner later.

The plant will use Janesville municipal water, which will be more than adequate, Bynum said.

The portion of the plant that will contain radioactive materials will have no drains leading to Janesville's sewer system, Bynum said.

Radioactive waste, about a semi truck load each month, will be sent to commercial disposal sites in Texas and Utah, Bynum said.

Bynum said after the meeting that the government regulates the transportation of radioactive waste, and the plant will process the materials to emit radiation at lower levels than called for in regulations.

Those who want to learn more from another source might plan to attend a meeting conducted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Janesville on July 17, SHINE officials said. The NRC is expected to announce the meetings soon.



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