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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Nuclear Proliferation

Does anyone want to buy some Uranium?
Friday, July 29, 2005 - A provision tucked into the 1,724-page energy bill that Congress is poised to enact today would ease export restrictions on bomb-grade uranium, a lucrative victory for a Canadian medical manufacturer and its well-wired Washington lobbyists.

The Burr Amendment, named for its sponsor, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., would reverse a 13-year-old U.S. policy banning exports of weapons-grade uranium unless the recipients agreed to start converting their reactors to use less-dangerous uranium. The Senate rejected the measure last month after critics in both parties warned that it would accelerate the worldwide proliferation of nuclear materials, but a House-Senate conference committee agreed this week to include it in the final version of the bill.
Once again, our strong on national defense Republican controlled Congress is trumping national security with profit.

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