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U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, D.C.

SECRETARY OF ENERGY BILL RICHARDSON 
NAVAL SPENT FUEL STORAGE FACILITY - SITES 32 AND 34 
Vladivostok, Russia 
September 1, 2000


Prepared Remarks 



This is an occasion for celebration, but one also of sadness. I first
want to offer my personal condolences, and those of the American
people, for the loss of the brave sailors aboard the Kursk. We in the
United States sympathize deeply with your loss, as we have also felt
the pain of such tragedies. The 1960s saw the sinking of the U.S.
submarines the Thresher and the Scorpion, with great loss of life. We
grieved then as you are grieving now. Our thoughts and prayers are
with you during this difficult time.


This tragedy should remind us of the dangers we face and the grave
importance of the urgent work that is needed to secure nuclear
materials for the health and welfare of the world's people. That work
we do today as we commission the completed Material Protection Control
and Accountancy improvements for the Nuclear Fuel Storage Facilities
at Sites 32 and 34. This is the latest chapter of the successful
cooperation between the U.S. Energy Department and the Russian Navy.


I thank you for giving us another unique opportunity to visit
important sites such as this one in our joint work. Continued access
to sites is vital to our technical teams as they work with you to do
the best, safest job possible.


With the Navy Northern Fleet Refueling Ship PM-63 and Site 49 Storage
Facility commissioned last September, and with the Pacific fleet
refueling ship PM-74 commissioned just yesterday, the U.S. Government
and the Russian Federation have important models that show us how to
contain costs for the Material Protection Control and Accountancy
program while providing secure facilities in which to store
proliferation-sensitive fuel.


Our cooperation in this sensitive arena requires a great deal of trust
between our Russian colleagues and ourselves. Through sheer effort and
a shared understanding of how important this work is to the security
of both our nations, we have forged this trust.


The success of our joint cooperation here is further evidence that we
can cooperate, no matter the sensitivity of the site, to achieve
important results. Site 32, and Site 34, are models for our
cooperation. Thank you.