U.S. Special Contribution to Safeguards Laboratory

THE UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES SPECIAL 100,000 EURO CONTRIBUTION TO THE IAEA’S SAFEGUARDS ANALYTIC LABORATORY

The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna is pleased to announce a special contribution of 100,000 euro to a new French initiative to increase Member State support for the ongoing program Enhancing Capabilities of the Safeguards Analytic Services, or ECAS.

The goal of this program is to modernize the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Safeguards Analytic Laboratory, or SAL, in Seibersdorf, Austria.  This significant expansion of the Agency’s capabilities will help ensure the strictly peaceful use of nuclear material around the world by enabling state-of-the-art analysis of uranium, plutonium, spent fuel and high-activity liquid waste samples.  The new laboratory will have training facilities for inspectors and nuclear chemists, as well as sufficient office space for the laboratory’s staff and visiting scientists from Member States.

The United States’ special contribution of 100,000 euro to the ECAS program brings its overall monetary support of the IAEA’s Safeguards Analytic Laboratory to 10 million euro.  The target funds for completing the renovations of SAL are 69.5 million euro, of which 12 million euro still remains to be raised.  The campaign to increase Member State support of ECAS was initiated by France and, in addition to the United States’ special contribution, has been met with support from Holland and the United Kingdom.