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Two labs recognized as prominent nuclear R&D hubs

The International Atomic Energy Agency has designated the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge and Idaho national laboratories as International Centres based on Research Reactors.

The ICERR designation is awarded to centres deemed to have unique capabilities and excellence in nuclear research. The United States is the fourth country after Belgium, France and Russia to receive the designation for its labs. The designation is intended to encourage collaboration between researchers in IAEA member states.

“This is a tremendous honor recognizing the critical work being conducted at DOE’s Oak Ridge and Idaho national laboratories, and it highlights the importance of our nuclear research facilities and the scientific and nuclear security contributions they bring to the world,” said energy secretary Rick Perry in a statement on 18 September.

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