At an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced the United States is embarking on an effort to dilute and dispose of six metric tons of excess plutonium from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, and that the United States is prepared to work with the IAEA in 2017 to develop a monitoring and verification plan for the disposition process.
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I had planned to say how pleased I was to be back with the Western Governors’ Association. (Laughter.) But it really is good to be here. And it’s good to have fun while we actually get some serious work done, and I appreciate that. And thanks, of course, to our hosts here in Jackson Hole.
SECRETARY ERNEST MONIZ: Today what we’re going to focus on is basically nuclear materials. And I would just put that in the context that President Obama, in April of 2009 in the Prague agenda laid out a broad nuclear agenda, with a very, very strong focus on kind of reviving really our programs or actions in terms of controlling, eliminating whenever possible, nuclear materials of risk. And I’m going to end up today by conjuring up the nuclear security summit that we have coming up at the end of next month, leading in turn, by the way, to the IAEA’s second triannual nuclear security min