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What to Do With FRM-II?

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Science  05 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5403, pp. 785
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5403.785

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BONN-- One of the thorniest issues on the slate of Germany's new research and education minister, Edelgard Bulmahn, is what to do about Munich Technical University's planned neutron source, a research reactor dubbed FRM-II, now under construction in the Munich suburb of Garching. Many members of Bulmahn's Social Democrat/Green Party coalition government oppose FRM-II's design because it will use highly enriched, or "bomb-grade," uranium fuel. Bulmahn has put the reactor's fate in the hands of an "expert group" of physicists, nonproliferation experts, and government officials, which will reveal its decision this summer.