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Finland Expands Support for NNSA Nuclear Nonproliferation Programs

July 29, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that NNSA and the Republic of Finland have agreed to expand cooperative efforts to prevent the smuggling of nuclear materials around the world. Under an agreement signed with NNSA's Second Line of Defense (SLD) program and facilitated by the U.S. Department of State’s Nuclear Smuggling Outreach Initiative, Finland agreed to provide $308,000 for nuclear nonproliferation work in Kyrgyzstan.

While this is Finland’s first contribution to NNSA’s SLD program, it is the second time Finland has provided financial support to NNSA’s nuclear nonproliferation programs. In Fiscal Year 2005, Finland contributed $628,000 to support NNSA’s efforts to shut down the last remaining weapons-grade plutonium production reactors in Russia.

"We welcome Finland’s ongoing and generous support to NNSA’s nuclear nonproliferation programs," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino. "This contribution underscores the cooperation between our two countries to strengthen global efforts to secure vulnerable nuclear material around the world, prevent nuclear smuggling and keep dangerous nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists and proliferators. Partnerships like this allow NNSA to make even more progress toward strengthening nuclear security and countering the threat of nuclear proliferation."

Financial and in-kind contributions from international partners help augment NNSA nuclear nonproliferation programs. In addition to Finland, NNSA has received support from Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom to pursue nonproliferation efforts around the world, including:

  • More than $31 million to shut down the last remaining weapons-grade plutonium production reactors in Russia.
  • More than $17 million to reduce and protect vulnerable nuclear and radiological materials located at civilian nuclear sites worldwide.
  • More than $11 million to strengthen NNSA’s Second Line of Defense.

NNSA's Second Line of Defense Program works collaboratively with foreign governments at border crossings, airports, seaports and other points of entry to install specialized radiation detection equipment and associated communications equipment. The SLD Program also provides training to host government border guard officials and other personnel to detect smuggled nuclear and other radioactive materials. NNSA has installed radiation detection equipment at over 230 sites and 30 megaports around the world.

For more information about NNSA’s efforts to prevent nuclear smuggling and nuclear terrorism, visit www.nnsa.energy.gov.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.