An ad hoc committee will conduct a study and prepare a report with findings and recommendations on the current status of and progress toward eliminating highly enriched uranium (HEU) use in fuel for civilian research and test reactors. This study will provide
- A list of civilian research and test reactors that operate using HEU fuel.
- A review of civilian research and test reactor status over the past five years, including new HEU-fueled reactors that were planned, under construction, or commissioned; HEU-fueled reactors that were shut down and/or decommissioned; and HEU-fueled reactors that were converted to low enriched uranium (LEU).
- An assessment of the progress being made by the Department of Energy and others to eliminate worldwide use of HEU in fuel for civilian research and test reactors. This assessment should identify key technical and nontechnical factors responsible for the successful conversion of reactors from HEU to LEU fuel; key obstacles to converting the remaining HEU-fueled reactors; and steps that could be taken to overcome the identified obstacles.
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