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"Uranium shipped to Montreal from Iraq in top secret mission"

The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program, a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium, reached Montreal on Saturday to complete a top-secret U.S. operation. The removal of 550 metric tonnes of "yellowcake," the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment, included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a voyage across two oceans. The Iraqi government sold the yellowcake to a Canadian uranium producer, Cameco Corp., in a transaction the official described as worth "tens of millions of dollars."

A Cameco spokesman, Lyle Krahn, said the yellowcake will be processed at facilities in Ontario for use in energy-producing reactors.

The last line is kinda surreal for me since we are expected to use lots of electricity to try and keep cool this week because of a hot and humid heat wave.  I am worried about the safety of transferring barrels of this radioactive stuff to the various nuclear power plants here...crossing fingers. :)

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