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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.

NTI Analysis

  • Civilian HEU Reduction and Elimination Resource Collection

    Jan. 8, 2014

    This collection examines civilian HEU reduction and elimination efforts. It discusses why the continued widespread use, internationally, of HEU in the civilian sector poses global security risks, provides an overview of progress to-date in reducing and eliminating the use of HEU in the civilian sector worldwide, and examines remaining challenges to achieving this goal. The collection also includes detailed analysis of progress in eight key countries.

  • Multinational Spent Fuel Disposal: Nonproliferation Challenges and Opportunities

    July 13, 2013

    This paper explores the challenges and success stories in dealing with the "back-end" of the nuclear fuel cycle, drawing from the “NTI-CSIS New Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle” expert group deliberations and recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.

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United States

This article provides an overview of the United States’ historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

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