Smolensk NPP Started Producing Co-60

The first extra cobalt absorbers were loaded to the reactor Smolensk-1.

This has been the significant step to large-scale development of the current radiation technologies to produce the chemical element which does not exist in the nature but is needed for medicine and industry. Cobalt-60 is stably in high commercial demand in the Russian and foreign market and has a decade-long growth prospective. Со-60 has already widely used for sterilization of foods, medical tools and materials; to stimulate growth and yield of crops and vegetables; disinfection and clean-up of industrial waste; radiation surgery of various pathologies; and gamma flaw detection of a wide range of items.