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Uranium procurement procedures topic of seminar at WSU Tri-Cities
December 3, 2008

RICHLAND — How to procure uranium to fuel nuclear power plants will be addressed at a nuclear engineering-related professional development seminar Friday, Dec. 5, at WSU Tri-Cities.
 
The presenter is Lisa L. Ferek, fuel management lead for Energy Northwest, which operates the Columbia Generating Station in Richland.
 
The hour-long seminar starts at 12:10 p.m. in Room 210 of the West Building, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public. The session is being shared by videoconference with WSU Pullman in the Murrow Communications Center West (MURW), Room 52.
 
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Nuclear reactor fuel conversion completed
October 3, 2008

PULLMAN – WSU’s TRIGA-type research nuclear reactor was converted this week from high-enriched uranium (HEU) nuclear fuel to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. The conversion is the result of a cooperative effort between the United States National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and WSU. As part of its nuclear nonproliferation mission, NNSA provides support to convert research reactors in the U.S. and around the world that operate on HEU fuel to LEU fuel.

 

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