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Isotope Group Planning Powerful D.C. Trip

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Supporters of a restart at Hanford's Fast Flux Test Facility are putting together a group of high level officials who'll travel to Washington, D.C. to talk with powerful federal government leaders.

They say the support is good here at home, but now, they need to convince leaders at the national level that restarting FFTF to make medical isotopes is something the country needs to do.

The U.S. doesn't have a medical isotope reactor. 

Instead it relies on other contries for many of the life saving isotopes.

The group says FFTF is the perfect facility for that.

"We need to know the lay of the land in Washington, D.C., and then we need to start getting the facts to get them on board with this or find out what their concerns are, how they're looking at it in terms of a possible benefit for the state of Washington," said group leader Claude Oliver.

The high demand isotopes are used for high-tech cancer treatments.

The group also would like to bring a nuclear research school to WSU Tri-Cities as part of the restart plan.