There were two major developments this week concerning the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. One was positive while the other was negative.
First, the good news. On September 22, new Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson signed, according to DOE, "a unilateral agreement extending United States' support for international fusion collaboration" through ITER. Said DOE, "With this signature, the United States has agreed to continue participation in the ongoing process established by the Agreement for a period of one year from July 22, 1998."