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SASKATOON - Thursday September 20th, 3.30pm.

On September 19, 2018 at approximately 1:15 pm a small amount of the radioisotope, carbon-11, was released to the atmosphere at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences. 

There is no public-health risk associated with this event, according to the centre’s Executive Director John Root. 

The release, due to a target leak, was immediately stopped by cyclotron safety features when a pressure loss was detected. The amount of carbon-11—a material used in development of radiopharmaceuticals—that was released, in combination with its very short half-life and the dilution of the atmosphere, means there is no significant risk. 

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) was immediately notified when the incident occurred as per regulatory requirements.

For more information, contact Fedoruk Centre Safety and Compliance Officer