Transuranium Analytical Laboratory Facilities
The Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the production, storage, and distribution center for the heavy-element research program of the U.S. Department of Energy. The REDC and the neighboring High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) were built to produce transuranium elements for use in national and international research programs and since 1966 has been the main center of production for transcurium elements in the United States.
The TAL’s unique combination of infrastructure and expertise allows its members to accommodate the demands of supporting multidisciplinary projects like ORNL’s Pu-238 Production Program. The TAL consists of a series of glovebox laboratories and hot cells for handling and analysis of high-level radioactive materials.