NUMECNuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation
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In 1965, NUMEC could not account for another 220 pounds of highly enriched uranium, and a year later the FBI began monitoring NUMEC's management and Israeli visitors.
Senate" where, for example, Senator Arlen Specter had tried but failed, to clear Zalman Shapiro, a former head of NUMEC.
The missing uranium was lost during the normal operations of the NUMEC plant--into its concrete floor, stuck to ventilation ducts, flushed into the local waterways and air.
The declassified 1969 transcript identifies 200 stainless steel drums illegally stored by NUMEC were improperly treated with fluoride which accelerated corrosion.
The Center for Policy and Law Enforcement multi-year grant-funded research project on NUMEC forwarded files to USACE and will identify other classified files which could maximize safety and minimize taxpayer-funded cleanup costs.
Files could also reveal why CIA officials unofficially insisted that NUMEC diverted materials.
Israel's top economic espionage case officer Rafael Eitan, who handled spy Jonathan Pollard in the 1980s, infiltrated NUMEC to meet with Shapiro in 1968.
An 80 page filing submitted by the IRmep Center for Policy and Law Enforcement argues that until all classified government files on NUMEC are released, honoring the plant's former president with the nation's highest honor to scientists, engineers, and inventors could be tantamount to rewarding theft and nuclear proliferation.
partially declassified on May 6, 2010 NUMEC received over 22 tons of uranium-235, the key material used to fabricate nuclear weapons.
A March, 2010 audit by two former NRC officials published in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists confirmed not only that 337 kilograms of NUMEC highly enriched uranium are still unaccounted for but that all circumstantial evidence still points to diversion to Israel.
Without Israeli government-sponsored spying, how many we suppose that nuclear material was smuggled out of the NUMEC plant in Apollo, Pennsylvania, in 1965 and transported to Israel to assist in the country's manufacture of nuclear weapons?
However, NUMEC reportedly discarded a variety of radiologically contaminated scrap, involving enrichments of uranium, plutonium, thorium and various chemicals.