At the 60th IAEA General Conference, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced the successful repatriation of 61 kilograms of Russian-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the Maria research reactor located in Poland. Over a ten-year period, more than 700 kilograms of highly enriched uranium was removed from Poland. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this removal makes Poland the 31st country, plus Taiwan, to completely remove their HEU.
“I congratulate the Government of Poland for their long-term commitment and cooperation in removing all highly enriched uranium from their country. I also want to commend the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration team who worked persistently over ten years to encourage and help remove all fresh and spent highly enriched uranium fuel from Poland. Thanks to these efforts over multiple administrations and cooperation among nations, the world is a safer place. I would also like to add my appreciation to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Russian Federation for their participation in this important operation. Cooperation among nations is essential to strengthen global security. ”
Related NTI content:The Case for Highly Enriched Uranium-Free Zones, a paper by Miles A. Pomper, Andrew J. Bieniawski, and Elena Sokova