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The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change has a problem with the world’s largest stocks of reactor-grade plutonium. The international association Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy view this as a one-time opportunity to benefit several advanced nuclear energy developments, none of which are acknowledged by DECC. By Brendan McNamara

Weak, short distance radiation makes it warm; so it is safe to hold but not to swallow. UK reactor grade plutonium is unsuitable for making weapons. And small-scale uses of UK plutonium could never go critical

Date: Friday, 27 May 2011
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssmarter-uses-for-plutonium

The US Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) seeks transport package owners (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Department of Transportation Type B transport packages [shipping casks]) qualified to direct the loading of irradiated and unirradiated Nuclear Fuel (NF) and/or target material located at foreign research reactors (FRR) in various countries. The vendor must be qualified to load the NF at the reactor site and arrange for transport to the United States in accordance with all applicable regulations, requirements and standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), sending and receiving governments. The vendor must supply the shipping casks, including specialized auxiliary equipment, required to safely load the casks, prepare them for transportation, and unload in an approved DOE receiving facility. The NF may consist of aluminum clad fuel assemblies (primarily material test reactor [MTR] type) and zirconium, aluminu m or stainless steel clad fuel assemblies (Training, Research, Isotope, General Atomic [TRIGA] type).

Date: Monday, 28 February 2011
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsradwaste-transport-international-deadline-11-march-2011

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