A small-scale nuclear reactor at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was shut down last week after elevated radiation levels leaked from it. The incident happened at around 9:15 AM EST on February 3, at NIST’s Center for Neutron Research in Gaithsburg, Maryland. In a statement, the lab explained that the leak took place in the confinement building during a restart of the research reactor after its maintenance period. Immediately after the alarm went off, a shutdown process of the reactor was initiated, and workers carried out the correct procedures. The reactor remains shut down in safety mode until the cause of the leak is uncovered and corrected.
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