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"But we are talking about seven nuclear bombs worth of plutonium."
Several tonnes of plutonium have been released into the environment over the past 60 years by nuclear weapons tests, nuclear power plants and Sellafield.
It was debatable whether this literally violated the Agreed Framework, which dealt with the manufacturing of plutonium, but it was a sneaky end run and a violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The last of the weapons-grade plutonium was shipped to DOE's Savannah River site in Aiken, South Carolina, much to the chagrin of then South Carolina governor Jim Hodges, who lost a federal court fight to block the waste.
Regarding economic viability, break-even is a distant prospect, since plutonium fast-breeder reactor programmes are not commercially viable.
The DOE had given itself a "national security" exemption to allow it to ship surplus plutonium from Rocky Flats in uncertified DT-22s to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.
Spent nuclear fuel includes the fuel rods that are left over when uranium is converted to plutonium. "The rods are highly radioactive; if you stand next to one unshielded, you'll die in a few minutes," says Michael Mariotte, executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, based in Washington, D.C.
"Traces of plutonium in shellfish could be passed on to bigger fish and it could get back to the public.
has conducted subcritical nuclear tests using small amounts of weapons-use plutonium 239 at an underground site in Nevada 11 times since 1997, and has announced them every time.
A month after Welsome's articles appeared, O'Leary announced that she was "appalled and shocked" about the plutonium injections.
The document, dated December 13, 1991, is entitled "Preliminary Evaluation of Potential Department of Energy Radioactive Wastes." It found that the levels of plutonium and radioactive americium "detected at Lowry Landfill are 10 to 10,000 times greater than the average or maximum background levels reported for Rocky Flats," the notorious nuclear weapons plant near Boulder.
The world's huge stocks of separated, weapons-usable military and civil plutonium are at present the subject of profoundly contradictory, paradoxical policies.