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2 Tech professors in Iraq as part of nuclear dismantlement

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Two Texas Tech professors helped train Iraqi scientists and technicians on nuclear dismantlement procedures.

Now those educators are in Iraq as a followup to the Tech-designed "Train and Engage" program, in a project the school says was funded by Great Britain.

Ron Chesser is director of the Texas Tech Center for Environmental Radiation Studies.

Carleton Phillips is a professor of biology.

The Associated Press reports the last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program - a stockpile of concentrated natural uranium - reached a Canadian port last weekend.

The removal of 550 metric tons of "yellowcake" was a big step toward closing the books on Saddam's nuclear legacy.

Workers must now clean up radioactive debris at the former Tuwaitha complex, about 12 miles south of Baghdad.

Tech spokeswoman Sally Post told AP that Chesser and Phillips will be in Iraq until Sunday.

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