Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Withdrawal notifications for 2012

Information on advance notifications of withdrawals of nuclear material from safeguards made during 2012 is shown in the table below. Data are shown in the same format as provided previously. The withdrawals involved material used as radiological shielding or small quantities of material for use in instrument calibration or radiation detectors, or as analytical tracers or for research and development.

Table: Summary of Notifications of Withdrawals from Safeguards (1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012)

Number of withdrawal notifications (by type of nuclear material involved)1 Reason for withdrawal
Nine notifications involving plutonium (Pu), µg quantities. Nine notifications for use in analysis/analytical purposes (e.g. samples, standards/tracers and/or in instrument calibration) from organisations that provides standards/tracers and/or nuclear material for instrument calibration2.  These notifications also covered mg quantities of thorium and natural uranium.  
One notification involving high enriched uranium (HEU), total ~ 0.4 g Material contained in radiation detectors2 (from a company that manufactures radiation detectors).
Five notifications involving depleted uranium (DU), total ~ 400 kg and four notifications involving natural uranium (NU), total ~ 530 g Four notifications for depleted uranium as shielding containers3 and one for use in analysis/analytical purposes (e.g. samples, standards/tracers)2. Four notifications for natural uranium for use in analysis/analytical purposes (e.g. samples, standards/tracers and in instrument calibration)2.

Notes

  1. tabulated information covers advance notifications of withdrawal approved by ONR - Safeguards and which resulted in the eventual withdrawal of nuclear material from safeguards.
  2. there are no facilities outside safeguards that have material in such quantities and forms, and defence establishment requirements for these specialist materials have therefore been met by supply from civil organisations.
  3. the advance notifications of withdrawal for depleted uranium shielded containers were for temporary withdrawals, the containers being used during the replacement of spent radioactive sources at UK defence establishments.