Wake up, sunshine.
I will not be surprised to see IAEA inspectors someday in this country checking for compliance.
Issue No. 21, December 1997
IAEA Inspections of US Uranium Facility
'International Agency inspects US uranium facility; marks nuclear nonproliferation milestone,' US Department of Energy (DOE) Press Release R-97-133, 1 December 1997
"Secretary of Energy Federico F. PeĆ±a today announced the start of verification activities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on US highly enriched uranium downblending operations. These activities at the Department of Energy's Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Pike County, Ohio, mark a milestone in the Clinton administration's efforts to advance nuclear nonproliferation goals by increasing the ability to verify US operations. The international agency will independently verify the Portsmouth operation to dilute weapons-grade uranium to uranium suitable only for peaceful uses, such as civilian power plants.
'This is the first time the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified the transformation of nuclear material no longer needed for defense use into a form usable by the commercial nuclear industry,' Secretary PeĆ±a said in an announcement in Washington, D.C. 'IAEA monitoring provides confidence to the international community that nuclear reductions are moving forward and will be irreversible. The verification activity here will also provide the knowledge needed to conduct similar activities in other countries.'
The announcement today follows through on a commitment Secretary PeĆ±a made at the IAEA General Conference in September 1997 in Vienna, Austria.
At the Portsmouth facility, highly enriched uranium in the form of uranium hexafluoride gas, produced for the US military purposes during the Cold War - and now declared excess to the nation's defense needs - is diluted into low-enriched uranium to be sold on the commercial market for peaceful uses. The Ohio plant, which also produces low-enriched uranium separately from the downblending operation, is owned by the Department of Energy and operated by the government-owned US Enrichment Corporation.
Four IAEA inspectors are scheduled to begin verification of the downblending process today and continue with random bi-weekly visits until the August 1998 anticipated completion of the downblending operations at Portsmouth. The inspectors plan to verify that a measured quantity of highly enriched uranium is converted to low-enriched uranium through independent measurements of the material. Several of the Energy Department's national laboratories - Brookhaven, Pacific Northwest, Oak Ridge, Sandia and Los Alamos - contributed to developing the technologies required for the verification."
Then there is this: http://www.yso.doe.gov/News_Releases...s/04-07-03.pdf
AND UNDER BUSH:
Posted : Tue, 06 Jan 2009
Author : DPA
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Vienna - The United States on Tuesday granted inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) greater access to its civilian nuclear programme and expressed hope that more countries would adopt the stricter monitoring regime. The IAEA, the United States and other countries have been pushing Iran to implement the so-called Additional Protocol, as it would have given the IAEA greater powers in probing the country's alleged military nuclear projects.
US Ambassador Gregory Schulte handed over his country's ratification of the Additional Protocol to the IAEA in Vienna on Tuesday.
"We hope that our step will encourage other states to adopt and implement the Additional Protocol," Schulte said in a statement.
The stricter regime gives IAEA inspectors access to a wider range of nuclear-related sites, such as research laboratories and uranium mines. It also allows for short-notice inspections.
As of late November, 88 of the 128 IAEA member states had adopted the stricter guidelines. Nuclear weapons holders Israel, India and Pakistan have not yet done so.
With the US accession, all five nuclear weapons states that are members of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty - China, Britain, France, Russia and the US - now have the standard in place.
IAEA inspectors are stilled blocked from monitoring military- related sites under the protocol.
The move by the United States was a signal to Iran, an official close to the IAEA said. "It's more a symbolic step," he said.
US allows stricter IAEA inspections, hopes others will follow : US World
Seriously, does anyone really believe countries with something to hide will be persuaded ?
Saddam allowed inspectors into his country for nearly 12 years with mixed results. And it proved to have worked, albeit not in a smooth fashion that we would have liked.