Experts Urge Action On Medical Isotope Shortage

Law360 (September 9, 2009, 4:26 PM EDT) -- With the U.S. facing crippling shortages of a critical isotope used in nuclear medical diagnostic imaging, a panel of energy and medical experts urged Congress on Wednesday to speed up efforts to create a domestic supply of molybdenum-99 made from low-enrichment uranium sources.

The U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on energy and the environment is moving quickly to deploy a bill sponsored by the panel's chairman, Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., that would parcel out $163 million in U.S. Department of Energy funds to projects aimed at creating Mo-99 from LEU, in an attempt to reduce U.S. reliance on aging, unreliable and...

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