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2005 International RERTR Meeting

Russian Research Reactor Fuel Return to the Russian Federation

I. Bolshinsky, M. Tyacke, K. Allen, INL, S. Moses, ORNL, J. Thomas, J. Dewes, SRNL,


Beginning December 1999, and continuing to the present, representatives from the United States, the Russian Federation, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been discussing a program to return to Russia Soviet- or Russian-supplied HEU fuel currently stored at foreign research reactors. Trilateral discussions among the United States, Russia, and the IAEA have identified more than 24 research reactors in 17 countries that have Soviet- or Russian-supplied fuel. The Russian Research Reactor Fuel Return Program is an important aspect of the US Government’s commitment to cooperate with the other nations to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons-usable proliferation-attractive nuclear materials.

Up to date 122 kg of Russian-origin highly enriched uranium have been shipped to Russia from Serbia, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Rumania, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic. Preparations for the first spent fuel shipment from Uzbekistan to Russia are close to completion.

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