Nuclear Material Tracking

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposes to create a National Source Tracking System that will track from “cradle to grave” transactions involving Category 1 and Category 2 radioactive material.

     Category 1 is strategic special nuclear material derived from Uranium-235, Uranium-233, or Plutonium-239. Category 2 is special nuclear material of moderate strategic significance that is less than a formula quantity of strategic special nuclear material but more than 1,000 grams of uranium-235 or more than 500 grams of uranium-233 or plutonium-239, or in a combined quantity of more than 1,000 grams; and 10,000 grams or more of uranium-235.
     Under the rule, importers and exporters would be responsible for recording the manufacture, shipment, arrival, and disposal of all licensed and tracked Category 1 and 2 radioactive material. For every tracked source that is imported, the facility obtaining the source would be required to report the information to the tracking system by the close of the next business day after receipt of the material.

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