The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the export to Belgium of nuclear fuel assemblies containing 144 kg of weapons-grade uranium, despite the objections of a nuclear nonproliferation activist. The 17 February decision will permit the largest export of US weapons-grade material in five years—enough uranium enriched to 93.3% 235U to fashion at least five nuclear weapons. The export license had been held up by a petition filed with the NRC in August 2016 by Alan Kuperman, a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the shipment of enriched uranium to a Belgian nuclear facility that was previously targeted by Islamic State – linked terrorists.
Some say legislation supported by Senate Intelligence chief Richard Burr to ease export restrictions on highly enriched uranium was unnecessary.