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German Neutron Source Faces New Demands

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Science  30 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5513, pp. 2527-2529
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5513.2527

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Plans to open a long-awaited neutron source this fall in Garching, near Munich, were thrown into confusion last week after the German cabinet called for a change in the research reactor's fuel source to avert a potential proliferation threat. It also said the state of Bavaria, rather than the federal government, should pick up the tab for building a storage facility to dispose of spent fuel elements. Unless a compromise is reached, those new demands could delay the start-up of the $500 million FRM-II reactor and make its operations more expensive.