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SLOWPOKE-2 Research Reactor (JM-1)

The Jamaican SLOWPOKE-2 research reactor (JM-1) is a pool type reactor, designed by the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL). It is fuelled by approximately 6 kg of uranium enriched to 19.86% 235U and has a nominal thermal power rating of 20 kW when operating at full power. JM-1 was commissioned in 1984 and is located at the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS). The reactor is owned and operated by the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and is primarily used for neutron activation analysis of trace elements in studies related to health, the environment and agriculture as well as in education and training. The reactor staff consists of 7 persons including the Reactor Manager, the head of the Head of the Nuclear Analytical Laboratory, The Radiation Safety and Security Officer, the Quality Manager and three other reactor operators.

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