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NY Legislators Want Reactor Closed

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Science  05 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5331, pp. 1431
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5331.1431

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In an unexpected setback for U.S. neutron scientists, two New York legislators said this week that they will introduce a bill prohibiting the Department of Energy (DOE) from reopening the troubled High-Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. DOE officials described the surprise announcement by Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) and Representative Michael Forbes (R-NY) as a major setback to their efforts to repair and eventually upgrade the reactor, which had been leaking tritium.