In the News: Two People Jump Fence at Nuclear Facility with HEU

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reported two people jumped a security fence at a nuclear facility near San Francisco on July 10 — this reactor is one of the few in the US that uses highly enriched uranium (HEU).

FMWG Member Dr. Ed Lyman of Union of Concerned Scientists explains the incident “highlights the continuing danger posed by nuclear reactors fueled with nuclear bomb-usable materials such as highly enriched uranium… These reactors should convert to safer fuels or shut down” and fuels include low enriched uranium (LEU).

The NRC classifies this as an “unusual event” and left out the presence of nuclear weapons-grade uranium in their report.