Implementation of U.S. transparency monitoring under the U.S./Russian HEU purchase agreement

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During the past three years US monitoring at Russian nuclear facilities, subject to the HEU Purchase Agreement, has evolved as MINATOM and DOE negotiators worked to improve transparency rights and as additional Russian facilities began processing HEU. The number of Russian nuclear facilities subject to US monitoring has increased from two in 1996 to the current four. In that time, physical monitoring, which only permitted visual inspections and access to process forms is being supplemented by instrumentation which detects U-235 enrichment of material in containers and instrumentation which is used to confirm that blending of HEU into LEU at the ... continued below

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Benton, J B; Glaser, J W & Mastal, E F July 21, 1999.

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During the past three years US monitoring at Russian nuclear facilities, subject to the HEU Purchase Agreement, has evolved as MINATOM and DOE negotiators worked to improve transparency rights and as additional Russian facilities began processing HEU. The number of Russian nuclear facilities subject to US monitoring has increased from two in 1996 to the current four. In that time, physical monitoring, which only permitted visual inspections and access to process forms is being supplemented by instrumentation which detects U-235 enrichment of material in containers and instrumentation which is used to confirm that blending of HEU into LEU at the blending facilities is taking place. This paper summarizes the US HEU Transparency monitoring activities performed in Russian facilities. It then summarizes the process used to certify the Blend Down Monitoring System (BDMS) that is currently in use at one of these facilities.

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  • 40th Annual Meeting Institute of Nuclear Material Management, Phoenix, AZ (US), 07/26/1999--07/29/1999

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JC-135145--Rev-1
  • Report No.: CD3013000
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 12567
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc624586

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Benton, J B; Glaser, J W & Mastal, E F. Implementation of U.S. transparency monitoring under the U.S./Russian HEU purchase agreement, article, July 21, 1999; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc624586/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.