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Planned Reactor Ruffles Global Feathers

Science  01 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5556, pp. 782-783
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5556.782b

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VIENNA-- Western officials are raising safety concerns over Myanmar's plans to build its first nuclear reactor. The small reactor would produce medical isotopes and test the feasibility of bringing nuclear energy to the poverty-stricken country, formerly known as Burma. It would also give Russia, which would supply the reactor and technical support, a larger presence in the region.