Non proliferation rss

Non-proliferation move by Japan

Nuclear Policies

24 March 2014

Plutonium removal from Italy (NNSA) 65x48Plutonium and highly-enriched uranium research reactor fuel in Japan will be sent to the USA for downblending or disposal. The announcement came as world leaders convene in the Netherlands for the third Nuclear Security Summit.

Implementation of interim Iranian agreement

Nuclear Policies

13 January 2014

Iran will begin suspending parts of its uranium enrichment program and downblending its stockpile of uranium enriched up to 20% over the next six months in return for modest relief from international sanctions.

Arrests following Mexican source theft

Regulation and Safety

10 December 2013

Six suspects, apparently unharmed, have been arrested following the theft of a truck carrying a medical radioactive source in Mexico. The source was later found but had been removed from its container.

US MOX plant left cold by budget

Waste and Recycling

05 March 2014

MFFF_May_2013_(Shaw_Areva_MOX_Services)_48The USA's partially built Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, a key component of the country's plutonium disposition program, is to be placed on cold standby after being effectively cut out of the Department of Energy's FY2015 budget request.

Megatons to Megawatts program concludes

Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

11 December 2013

The arrival of the final shipment of low-enriched uranium from Russia to the USA marks the successful completion of the Megatons to Megawatts program to downblend weapons-grade uranium.

Review of EU nuclear safeguards procedures

Nuclear Policies

06 December 2013

The European Commission is to review its procedures for ensuring nuclear materials in the European Union are not diverted from peaceful to military uses.