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IAEA 2010 General Conference Travel Blog

Friday, September 24, 2010

As the NNSA delegation wraps up its activities at this year’s General Conference, we want to draw your attention to the last of the four areas we focused on during this successful week in Vienna: disposing of surplus fissile materials.

Ken Bromberg interview screenshotNNSA’s Office of Fissile Materials Disposition oversees two programs aimed at reducing the world’s stockpiles of highly enriched uranium and plutonium.

In partnership with the Russian Federation, the United States has agreed to dispose of 34 metric tons of plutonium by irradiating it as mixed oxide fuel in domestic commercial nuclear reactors.

The United States also disposes of its surplus highly enriched uranium by downblending it to low enriched uranium for peaceful use as commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

These programs are a testament to post-Cold War cooperation where reducing the threat from excess nuclear materials is a top priority.

NNSA congratulates everyone who participated in this week’s General Conference in Vienna. This is the stage where new partnerships are formed and old friendships grow stronger, and it makes it possible for international cooperation to flourish as we all work toward the common goal of reducing the nuclear threat by promoting safety, security and the elimination of material.

Thanks for sharing the week with us through this travel blog. Until next year!