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U.S. to Receive Canadian HEU Waste

A heavily guarded shipment of bomb-grade uranium waste is due to make its way from a Canadian medical isotope production site near Ottawa to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, the Ottawa Citizen reported on Sunday.

A number of watchdog organizations have voiced concern over plans to move highly enriched uranium -- apparently taken from the Fissile Solution Storage Tank at the Chalk River site -- in liquid form for the first time. The material would require close management to ensure it does not start a potentially hazardous chain reaction.

The Savannah River Site will convert the material into low-enriched reactor fuel.

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