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Switching fuels at campus reactors.

After a one-year delay, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last month ordered its staff to prepare a final version of a rule requiring university and industrial research reactors to switch from using highly enriched uranium to a nuclear fuel with a much lower proportion of the uranium isotope U-235 (SN: 4/7/84, p. 213). The new rule is likely to be approved later this month. NRC intends to ask Congress for funds to help cover the cost of the conversion.

The commissioners also told their staff to prepare an order requiring the transfer of any unused, weapons-grade fuel that may be stored at a research reactor to a Department of Energy facility. In NRC's view, such a move would make the fuel less vulnerable to theft by terrorists.
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Title Annotation:to use nuclear fuel with less uranium isotope U-235
Publication:Science News
Date:Jul 6, 1985
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