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MOX, A National Priority

March 04, 2013

Last week, Kelly Trice, President and Chief Operating Officer of Shaw AREVA MOX Services, presented the following video during the Annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit in Arlington, VA.

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The conversation underscored the importance of the national nuclear security mission of the MOX Project, through which the United States will fulfill its international commitment to dispose of at least 34 metric tons of nuclear weapons material initiated under the U.S.-Russia Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement of 2000. In turn, Russia is obligated to permanently dispose of at least 34 metric tons of its weapons plutonium.

During the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington in April 2010, President Obama announced:
“After many years of effort, I’m pleased that the United States and Russia agreed today to eliminate 68 tons of plutonium for our weapons programs—plutonium that would have been enough for about 17,000 nuclear weapons. Instead, we will use this material to help generate electricity for our people… We’ve made real progress in building a safer world.”

The MOX fuel that will be generated from the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) at the DOE Savannah River Site in South Carolina is estimated to produce $50 billion worth of electricity for American consumers while enabling the U.S. to eliminate the expense of storage, surveillance and other mandatory safeguards of nuclear weapons material. Already, the U.S. is benefitting from the consolidation at the Savannah River Site of much of the 34 metric tons destined for the MFFF from across the nation’s weapons complex.

Last Tuesday, Neile Miller, Acting Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and reiterated the Administration’s commitment to fulfilling its obligations under the U.S.-Russia agreement, stating that “the United States government remains completely committed to the agreement that we signed with Russia for the disposition of that excess weapons plutonium.”

Let’s fulfill our nonproliferation obligation, generate clean energy, and optimize nuclear safeguards costs by continuing to fund the MOX Project.