Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium: Reactor-Related Options

Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium: Reactor-Related Options

by National Academies Press, National Research Council, National Academy Of Sciences
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309051453
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
07/06/1995
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.13(d)

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary1
Ch. 1Introduction17
Ch. 2Background26
Ch. 3Criteria for Comparing Disposition Options59
Ch. 4Reactor Options116
Ch. 5Disposal of Plutonium Without Irradiation214
Ch. 6Comparing the Options250
Ch. 7Conclusions and Recommendations397

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