Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the 2005 International RERTR Meeting
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.