...from its nuclear reactor near Warsaw. Er…Poland has a nuclear reactor?
Yup, has done since 1954, in fact. Reuters reported yesterday that in a ‘covert operation’ at dawn :
Poland...returned to Russia close to 40 kg (88 pounds) of highly enriched uranium, enough to make an atomic bomb, as part of a global effort to secure high-risk nuclear material, a U.N. watchdog said on Thursday.
The Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) was given to Poland years ago for research purposes.
This was another critical step towards enhancing security of fissile material by eliminating stockpiles of HEU," the IAEA's manager for the Polish job, Arnaud Atger, said in the statement
Poland’s reactor is in Otwock-Swierk, about 30 kilometers from Warsaw. Most of the research is for medical purposes for use in oncology treatment.
Poland announced last year that it intends to build a nuclear power station, to be ready some time around 2020.
Greens went nuts about the announcement, of course, but hey – nuclear fuel does not produce carbons and so is in line with all those directives from Kyoto and the EU to reduce emissions. Rejoice!