Turkey: Last Spent HEU Returned to U.S.


On 12 January 2010, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced the removal of the final 5.4 kilograms (11.9 pounds) of U.S.-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel from Turkey's Çekmece Nuclear Research and Training Center, as part of NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI). The material was returned to the United States for storage at a secure facility. Since President Obama announced his commitment to securing all vulnerable nuclear material around the world, GTRI has worked to remove all significant amounts of HEU from 17 countries; Turkey is now the fourth country to give up nearly all its HEU.

Abstract Number: 20101029
Headline: Turkey: Last Spent HEU Returned to U.S.
Date: 12 January 2010
Bibliography: "NNSA Announces Highly Enriched Uranium Removed from Turkey," National Nuclear Security Administration, 12 January 2010, www.nnsa.energy.gov
Material: HEU

April 24, 2012

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