Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium

Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium

by 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. A hundred tons or more of plutonium and tons of highly enriched uranium will no longer be needed. The management and disposition of these fissile materials, the essential ingredients of nuclear… 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. A hundred tons or more of plutonium and tons of highly enriched uranium will no longer be needed. The management and disposition of these fissile materials, the essential ingredients of nuclear weapons, pose urgent challenges for international security.

This book offers recommendations for all phases of the problem, from dismantlement of excess warheads, through intermediate storage of the fissle materials they contain, to ultimate disposition of the plutonium.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309050425
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary1
Ch. 1Introduction: Task and Context19
Ch. 2International Context39
Ch. 3Criteria for Comparing Management and Disposition Options61
Ch. 4Declarations and Dismantlement87
Ch. 5Intermediate Storage111
Ch. 6Long-Term Disposition141
Ch. 7Recommendations223
App. A. List of Principal Briefings231
App. B. Profiles of Civilian Plutonium Programs235
App. C. Nonreactor, Nonrepository Disposal of Excess Weapons Plutonium: Technical Issues245

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