Tom Clements of Savannah River Site Watch, a group that tracks the movement of nuclear materials, especially those of potential use in nuclear weapons, today praised the release of an Oak Ridge report that addressed the plans at the lab’s High Flux Isotope Reactor but — more importantly, according to the group — identified research reactors worldwide that use bomb-grade uranium for fuel.
Here’s a quote from Clements:
“Documenting the reactors that use so-called ‘bomb-grade uranium’ and outlining efforts to convert them away from weapon-usable uranium is an important contribution to nuclear non-proliferation. The NNSA program to convert reactors away from use of bomb-grade uranium merits positive assessment and the release of this document is a step in that direction. While the ORNL document presents research reactor needs at the site, its greatest importance may be its discussion of use of HEU in reactors worldwide and the efforts led by NNSA in converting the reactors to LEU use.”
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