Only personnel properly trained were allowed near the storage and handling of U-233. Guards were required to have this special training. The United States produced, over the course of the Cold War, approximately 2 metric tons of uranium-233, in varying levels of chemical and isotopic purity. These were produced at the Hanford Site and Savannah River Site in reactors that were designed for the production of plutonium-239.
Uses for uranium-233 include the production of the medical isotopes actinium-225 and bismuth-213 which are among its daughters, low-mass nuclear reactors for space travel applications, use as an isotopic tracer, nuclear weapons research, and reactor fuel research including the thorium fuel cycle.
The radioisotope bismuth-213 is a decay product of uranium-233; it has promise for the treatment of certain types of cancer, including acute myeloid leukemia and cancers of the pancreas, kidneys and other organs.
U.S. Department of the Interior Forest Reserve Ranger 1st issue badge made by
John Robbins Mfg. Co. Boston, Mass.
Treasury U. S. Customs Service sterling wings.
Bureau of Investigation US Department of Justice shield. It appears to be gold-plated brass and is stamped on the back "Whitehead & Hoag Newark, N.J. Gold Filled" and "553". An eagle appears at top and a shield at the bottom. The background is stippled. Superb detail throughout. It has a C-type pin attachment on the verso. This type of badge saw use between 1908 and 1927. The Bureau of Investigation later became the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) beginning in 1935.
Whitehead & Hoag New York GOLD FILLED hallmark.
U.S. Customs Inspector No. 25, circa 1874 back of badge showing J. D. Lovett N.Y. hallmark.
U.S. Customs Inspector No. 25, circa 1874 made by J. D. Lovett N. Y.
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