United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials

Universities, colleges, high schools, and other academic institutions use nuclear material in classroom demonstrations, laboratory experiments research, and to provide health physics support to other institutional nuclear materials users. These programs may vary in size from large, broad-scope programs involving chemical, physical, biological engineering, and biomedical research, to small programs using only gas chromatographs or self-shielded irradiators. These facilities are licensed in accordance with 10 CFR 30, 40, or 70 depending on the type of materials posessed.

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