Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium

Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium

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Within the next decade, many thousands of U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons are slated to be retired as a result of nuclear arms reduction treaties and unilateral pledges. Hundreds of tons of plutonium and highly enriched uranium will no longer be needed for weapons purposes and will pose urgent challenges to international security. This is the supporting volume to a study by the Committee on International Security and Arms Control which dealt with all phases of the management and disposition of these materials. This technical study concentrates on the option for the disposition of plutonium, looking in detail at the different types of reactors in which weapons plutonium could be burned and at the vitrification of plutonium, and comparing them using economic, security and environmental criteria.... about 3 Ci Cs-137 per MWd, and the 0.66-MeV gamma from 85 percent of Cs- 137 decays is the dominant source of gamma rays ... To check the approximate method of notes I and 4, which we use elsewhere in this table when no detailedanbsp;...

Title:Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium
Author:Panel on Reactor-Related Options for the Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium, Office of International Affairs, Policy and Global Affairs, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 1995-07-20


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