Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Romanian uranium taken to secure site

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department reports it has removed the last remaining bomb-grade uranium from Romania as part of an international nuclear nonproliferation program.

Authorities removed 118 pounds of highly enriched uranium from two research reactors in Romania and flown to Russia for secure storage. The shipments were organized by the department's National Nuclear Security Administration.

Russia had provided the uranium years ago. All the highly enriched U.S. uranium was removed from the country last year. The program is part of a broader worldwide effort to move bomb-grade uranium away from research reactors to more secure locations. More than 100 research reactors across the globe still have highly enriched uranium.

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