WASHINGTON – The U.S. Energy Department has waived a ban on licenses for the export of weapons-grade uranium for making medical isotopes, a move that critics said raises proliferation risks and undermines companies that are converting to safer materials.
Highly enriched uranium (HEU) is commonly used to make medical isotopes, and for this purpose large quantities are not needed. However, if enough of it were accumulated it could find its way into a bomb.
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