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Britain to ship record amount of nuclear waste to U.S.: UK government source via Reuters

Britain will ship 700 kilograms of nuclear waste to the United States under a deal to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at a nuclear security summit in Washington on Thursday, a British government source said.

In return for the shipment, the largest ever movement of highly enriched uranium, the United States will send Europe a different type of nuclear waste that can be used to produce medical isotopes for the treatment of some cancers.

“The prime minister will be announcing a landmark deal that we have agreed with the US and with (European Atomic Energy Community) Euratom,” the British government source said, on condition of anonymity.

“It is a win-win. We get rid of waste and we get back something that will help us to fight cancer.”

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