TIGHT security surrounded the first of a planned series of movements of nuclear loads from Dounreay to the USA at the weekend. Armed police escorted the two lorries carrying the heavily shielded containers of highly enriched uranium from the atom plant to Wick John O’Groats Airport at lunchtime on Saturday. Roads around the airport were closed as the bomb-grade material was loaded aboard a US Air Force plane. The plane then took off with the fuel which is understood to be bound for the Savannah River nuclear site in South Carolina. About £8 million has been spent to upgrade the runway at the airport to accommodate the transatlantic flights. It is believed there will be monthly flights over the next 18 months to move the 700 kilogram stockpile of fuel.
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