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Plutonium reactor is closed

June 06, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Russia closed down another plutonium-producing reactor as part of a years-long effort by Moscow and Washington to shutter the Cold War-era facilities that produced material for nuclear weapons.

Workers will begin removing the remaining uranium fuel from the ADE-5 reactor at the Siberian Chemical Plant in Seversk, said the atomic energy agency, Rosatom.

The plant's first reactor was shut down April 20. Russia's last plutonium-producing reactor, in Zheleznogorsk, is expected to be shuttered by 2010.

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