U.S. and Russia to finalize plutonium disposition agreement

The United States and Russia reportedly will sign an agreement that will finalize the 2000 Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement (PMDA). Although the deal has been described as a "breakthrough", it appears to confirm the agreement reached in November 2007 that allows Russia to use its BN-600 and BN-800 fast reactors to burn the excess weapon grade plutonium and commits the United States to providing $400 million toward funding the program. The first $100 million of that money were included in the FY2011 budget request.