The United States agreed last month to build a radioactive waste storage facility in Jordan, marking the continuing advancement of Amman's nuclear pursuits, the Jordanian Embassy announced (see GSN, Sept. 20, 2007).
The 4,000-square-foot structure will be designed to store materials for the next 50 years under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The site is scheduled for completion this year, according to a Jordanian release.
The bilateral agreement was signed late last month in Washington by representatives of the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Energy Department's Pacific Northwest Nuclear Laboratory. The deal calls for the United States to provide the $370,000 needed for construction (Jordanian Embassy release, March 6).