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"Disposition of Excess Highly Enriched Uranium"

A billet of highly enriched uranium (HEU)

"Disposition of Excess Highly Enriched Uranium"

Book Chapter, Global Fissile Materials Report 2007, pages 24-32

October 2007

Authors: Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Anatoli Diakov

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Managing the Atom; Science, Technology, and Public Policy


This chapter describes the progress of the Russian and U.S. HEU disposition programs and how they could be expanded and accelerated. It also provides a brief update on the progress of the international programs to clean out and dispose of civilian HEU. The quantities of HEU involved are much smaller than those in the weapons programs but civilian sites are typically much less secure than military ones. Cleaning them out may therefore contribute more to reducing the overall danger of nuclear theft.

Other Chapters in Global Fissile Materials Report 2007:


For more information about this publication please contact the MTA Project Coordinator at 617-495-4219.

For Academic Citation:

Bunn, Matthew and Anatoli Diakov. "Disposition of Excess Highly Enriched Uranium." Chap. 2 in Global Fissile Materials Report 2007. Princeton, NJ: International Panel on Fissile Materials, October 2007.

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