Secret Report: Burning UK plutonium stockpiles now considered ‘credible’ option
2013 11 29
The incineration of Britain’s vast plutonium stockpiles is now being considered a “credible” option by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, according to a long-awaited secret report. Three ways of disposing of the plutonium are being considered.
Highly radioactive plutonium stockpiles, which have been piling up and plaguing British governments for the past three decades, have passed the 100-ton mark and will likely have increased to as much as 140 tons by 2020. This figure is supplemented by a decision to include foreign plutonium from imported nuclear waste in the statistics.
Ongoing delays have hindered attempts to make any final decision on what to do with a substance that has been a recurring burden on the country. The excess costs some £2 billion ($3.3 billion) a year to maintain at the Sellafield nuclear plant in northwest England, where all storage of radioactive materials and nuclear reprocessing in the UK takes place.
As well as being a health hazard, the plutonium has also been cited as a potential target for terrorist attacks.
Read the full article at: rt.com
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