27 Sep '12, 4pm

Declassification Proceeds Methodically at Energy Department

Declassification Proceeds Methodically at Energy Department September 27th, 2012 by Steven Aftergood The capacity of gas centrifuges to enrich uranium increased by two orders of magnitude between 1961 and 1967, from 0.39 kg-SWU/year to 30 kg-SWU/year. That striking fact was declassified by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008 and made public this month. Under the terms of the Atomic Energy Act (section 142), which governs the classification of nuclear weapons-related information, the Department of Energy is required to conduct a “continuous review” of its classified information “in order to determine which information may be declassified.” And so it does. Slowly and methodically, the Department has declassified numerous categories of nuclear information over the last several years. Those declassification actions were documented recently in response to a Freedom of Informa...

Full article: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2012/09/doe_declass.html

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