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US, Japan Forge Nuclear Materials Disposal Deal

Nuclear powerplantSenior U.S. and Japanese officials have reached a bilateral agreement on nuclear materials disposal and nuclear energy research at the Nuclear Security Summit held in The Hague, Netherlands early this week, Nextgov reported Monday.

Sebastian Sprenger writes U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Yosuke Isozaki, special adviser to the Japanese prime minister, announced the deal.

Nextgov reports weapons-usable nuclear materials at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s Fast Critical Assembly, such as plutonium and enriched uranium, will be converted to non-sensitive materials in the U.S.

The Fast Critical Assembly will also expand research on nuclear waste transmutation and disposal, with the U.S. providing research aid and accepting spent fuel from the facility.

Italy and Belgium have already turned over excess uranium and plutonium, according to Nextgov.

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