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Russia to Remove HEU from Serbian Nuclear Site

Serbia intends to send roughly 29 pounds of highly enriched uranium and a cache of spent nuclear fuel to Russia, Reuters reported yesterday (see GSN, June 11).

The Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom is expected to remove the materials from Serbia's Vinca Nuclear Institute to reprocess and place in secure storage, said Serbian Deputy Science Minister Miroslav Veskovic.

"We are concerned over security and safety," Veskovic said, citing the potential for terrorists to seize and detonate the material in a radiological "dirty bomb."

The Vinca institute was storing 8,030 spent fuel rods in a cooling pond as of this year, according to a report. The Soviet Union provided the fuel to the Serbian reactor site in 1976 (Aleksandar Vasovic, Reuters, June 23).

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