New JRC report: safeguarding nuclear reprocessing plants
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The JRC's Institute for Transuranium elements (ITU) and DG Energy's Nuclear Safeguards Directorate have published a report about the work performed at the on site laboratories (OSL) of the two largest nuclear sites within the EU: La Hague in France and Sellafield in the United Kingdom.
These two sites reprocess part of the nuclear spent fuel produced in the EU. Under the Euratom Treaty, the European Commission has the duty to assure that this material is only used for declared purposes. The aim of safeguards is to deter diversion of nuclear material from peaceful use by maximising the chance of early detection. As part of the safeguards approach of a reprocessing plant, both incoming material and end products have to be verified and quantified.