The shipment - 255 kilos of rejected reactor fuel
- a mixture of plutonium and uranium known as MOX, left the Japanese port of Takahama on its two-month journey on Thursday.
Stored in an obsolete nuclear reactor outside Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, the highly enriched uranium and spent reactor fuel
would give an aspiring nuclear power a significant amount of the material needed to make a nuclear bomb.
The blast happened 10 days ago in a building on the Caithness site where enriched uranium is recovered from nuclear waste to be recycled as reactor fuel
Dissolving reactor fuel
in acid to extract plutonium caused the release of volatile iodine-131.
It also converts Cold War-era government stockpiles of highly enriched uranium into material suitable for further processing into commercial nuclear reactor fuel
AREVA s next-generation boiling water reactor fuel
design, ATRIUM 11, is now in operation for the first time in the United States.
Japan has upheld a policy of reprocessing spent uranium fuel and reusing the extracted plutonium and uranium as reactor fuel
Iran has begun operation of a pilot-scale installation for production of modest amounts of research reactor fuel
using U3O8 feedstock but Iran has not declared to the IAEA any installation in Iran for the production of enriched UO2 fuel for PWRs.
Iran insists it has no nuclear weapons ambitions, but the international community fears it could use its uranium enrichment program not only to make reactor fuel
but also the fissile core of nuclear weapons.
That brought the fuel closer than previously believed to breaching the containment vessel and continuing to burn through the ground below, a catastrophic scenario sometimes described as the "China Syndrome," from the fanciful notion, popularized in a US film by the same name, that in a catastrophic meltdown, molten reactor fuel
could sink through the earth until it reached China.
The critical issue is what happens to the radioactive reactor fuel
Elsewhere, regarding Tehran research reactor fuel
, he said "We have already declared our stance on providing the required fuel for Tehran research reactor, if our conditions are kept we will receive the fuel.