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Title: After Action Report - CUP-2 Comparative Sample Analysis Meeting - Kazakhstan September 2016

Abstract

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) visited the Kazakhstan Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) to discuss the results and conclusions of a joint sample analysis (CUP-2 uranium ore concentrate) between LLNL, INP and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) (Fig. 1). The U.S. delegation also met with the newly-appointed Director-General of the INP (S. Sakhiyev) who expressed his continued support for this collaboration. On the last day of the visit, the delegation toured the new medical isotope production facilities (which is expected to begin operation in a few months), as well as INP’s Nuclear Security Training Center (co-funded by DOE, the Defense Threat Reduction Initiative (DTRA) and the Kazakhstan government). Construction of the Nuclear Security Training Center is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  2. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Washington, DC (United States)
  3. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1334729
Report Number(s):
LLNL-TR-704284
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY

Citation Formats

Kips, Ruth, Lindvall, Rachel, Eppich, Gary, Oujo, Kaitlin, and Geist, William. After Action Report - CUP-2 Comparative Sample Analysis Meeting - Kazakhstan September 2016. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1334729.
Kips, Ruth, Lindvall, Rachel, Eppich, Gary, Oujo, Kaitlin, & Geist, William. After Action Report - CUP-2 Comparative Sample Analysis Meeting - Kazakhstan September 2016. United States. doi:10.2172/1334729.
Kips, Ruth, Lindvall, Rachel, Eppich, Gary, Oujo, Kaitlin, and Geist, William. 2016. "After Action Report - CUP-2 Comparative Sample Analysis Meeting - Kazakhstan September 2016". United States. doi:10.2172/1334729. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1334729.
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