U.S., Canada in tentative HEU transportation deal

02/14/2013 | Aiken Standard (S.C.)

U.S. and Canadian authorities, together with Georgia-based nuclear material packaging and transportation firm NAC International, have reached a tentative agreement for the transportation of 6,000 gallons of liquid highly enriched uranium from Canada to South Carolina. The liquid uranium was produced during the procedure to manufacture the medical isotope molybdenum-99. Once in the U.S., the HEU is set to be diluted for use as reactor fuel. The uranium transport is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Global Threat Reduction Initiative, which aims to limit nuclear materials that can be developed into nuclear weapons.

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