The Netherlands has pledged more than $1 million to a U.S. effort to shut down Russia’s last three plutonium-producing nuclear reactors (see GSN, Feb. 25).
The Dutch government made its pledge June 30 to the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration’s Elimination of Weapons-Grade Plutonium Program. The United Kingdom and Canada have pledged $20 million and $7.4 million respectively to the program.
“The signing of this [memorandum of understanding] is a positive step in the effort to address nonproliferation and nuclear safety concerns shared by both Dutch and Americans,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator Paul Longsworth.
The funding is set to be used to shut down three remaining Russian nuclear reactors that produce plutonium. As these reactors supply power to two Russian cities, the United States is supporting construction of replacement fossil fuel energy facilities (U.S. State Department release, July 1).