The management of separated plutonium: An introduction

Nuttall, W. J. and Farnan, I. and Konings, R. J. M. and Hamilton, D. J. (2007) The management of separated plutonium: An introduction. Progress in Nuclear Energy, 49 (8). pp. 568-573. DOI 10.1016/j.pnucene.2007.09.002

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Abstract

This paper notes renewed enthusiasm in western countries for new nuclear power plant construction. Various energy and security challenges, however, remain contentious. One matter for which there is a wide variation of international practice concerns the management of separated plutonium arising from nuclear fuel reprocessing. This paper introduces a special issue of the journal Progress in Nuclear Energy dedicated to reporting on a conference held in Cambridge, England in July 2005. The workshop was tasked with considering long-term management options for separated civil plutonium. The authors express no opinion as to whether such plutonium is best regarded as a waste or an asset. Rather it is simply suggested that management practice may be improved via an open discussion of options originating from a wide range of contexts and perspectives. This paper introduces some of the relevant issues, which are considered in greater depth by the papers that follow in this special issue.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2007 AREP 2007 P IA55
Subjects: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Divisions: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Progress in Nuclear Energy
Volume: 49
Page Range: pp. 568-573
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.pnucene.2007.09.002
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:03
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:08
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/566

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