CZECH REPUBLIC / NUCLEAR TRAIN

12-Dec-2007 00:01:39
As part of an effort to lower the risk of misuse of nuclear fuel, a train filled with highly enriched uranium no longer in use travels from Prague to Russia with help from the IAEA. IAEA

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STORY: CZECH REPUBLIC/ NUCLEAR TRAIN
TRT: 1:39
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SOURCE: IAEA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 30 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER 2007, CZECH REPUBLIC


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30 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER 2007, CZECH REPUBLIC

1. Wide shot, trucks and police in front of nuclear fuel storage facility at night
2. Various shots, police searching truck
3. Various shots, inspecting containers with nuclear fuel
4. Various shots, sealing the containers
5. Close up, inspector putting seal on cask
6. Close up, inspector's hands clicking the seal shut
7. Med shot, inspectors talking
8. Various shots, inspectors using seal verification device
9. Close up, fuel cask with radioactive and fissile labels
10. Various shots, casks lifted
11. Various shots, container on truck leaving storage facility
12. Wide shot, container being lifted from truck onto train
13. Med shot, container in the air
14. Med shot, experts supervising loading of container
15. Various shots, container lifted on the train
16. SOUNDBITE (English): Igor Bolshinsky, US Department of Energy:
"It's a part of the non-proliferation commitment, United States, Russian Federation and IAEA to remove this material".

1 December 2007, MESICE TRAIN STATION, CZECH REPUBLIC

17. Various shots, containers sitting on train at night
18. Various shots, Mesice train station at night
19. Med shot, train engineers
20. Wide shot, train departs


STORYLINE:

Early in December, radioactive material no longer in use from the Czech Nuclear Research Institute was confidentially loaded on to a train at a railway station in Mesice, near Prague.

Both the schedule and the route were kept in secret until last weekend, when the train arrived safely in Russia.

It's part of an effort to lower the risk of misuse of nuclear fuel which the
United States, the Russian Federation and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been conducting since 2004. All spent nuclear fuel once provide by the Soviet Union, is sent back to Russia.

The material, consisted of 80 kg of spent high-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel and 280 kg of spent low-enriched uranium (LEU).

The HEU will be reprocessed for further civilian use in the Mayak facility near the Ural Mountains. The fresh fuel will be down blended to LEU fuel and this material will be reprocessed.

The radioactive material was given to the former Czechoslovakia from the former USSR and used by the Czech Nuclear Research Institute to produce radioisotopes for medicine, industrial and research purposes. After becoming irradiated in the reactor, it was classified as spent fuel and there was no use for it in the Czech Republic.
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