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Department of Energy: Interagency Review Needed to Update U.S. Position on Enriched Uranium that Can Be Used for Tritium Production
Department of Energy: Interagency Review Needed to Update U.S. Position on Enriched Uranium that Can Be Used for Tritium Production
 
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By David C. Trimble (au); Susan D. Sawtelle (au)
Year: 2014
Pages: 51
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-4578-5912-0

Product Code: 1457859122

Description
 
The U.S. needs an assured source of tritium to maintain its nuclear weapons stockpile. To produce tritium, the Dept. of Energy (DOE) has stated that it can only use low-enriched uranium (LEU) with no obligation to other countries under international agreements to use it for only peaceful purposes. USEC, a government corporation privatized in 1998, was the only company enriching uranium that DOE said could meet its LEU needs, but USEC ceased enrichment operations in May 2013 and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March 2014. DOE is currently considering options for obtaining unobligated LEU. Only one enrichment facility, which is owned by URENCO, operates in the U.S., and four other commercial facilities are planned. Four of the five facilities use or will use technology that carries peaceful use obligations to other countries. This report examines (1) the extent to which DOE has adhered to its practice of using only unobligated LEU to produce tritium; and (2) the basis for this practice. Figures. This is a print on demand report.

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