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Kazakh Radiological Materials Security Gets Funding Boost

The Netherlands is providing $650,000 to a U.S. program to find, extract and safeguard radiological substances in Kazakhstan, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Friday.

The European state has now contributed in excess of $2.3 million to NNSA nuclear nonproliferation projects across the globe, according to an NNSA press release. It has contributed twice to the Global Threat Reduction Initiative, which aims to prevent misuse of civilian stocks of radiological materials around the world.

"The Kingdom of the Netherlands has made significant contributions to our joint nonproliferation commitments and is a valued partner in the global effort to reduce nuclear and radiological threats. We thank the Netherlands for this most recent contribution, which underscores our shared commitment to securing vulnerable material,” NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington said in prepared comments. “We look forward to many more years of cooperation between our countries to strengthen global security and prevent nuclear terrorism.”

The semiautonomous Energy Department agency has received more than $74 million from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea and the United Kingdom for several initiatives, including the decommissioning of Russia's last plutonium-producing reactors.

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