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Australian news, and some related international items

UK government has no idea on what do do with its plutonium trash

Seventy years after the United Kingdom first began extracting plutonium from spent uranium fuel to make nuclear weapons, the industry is finally calling a halt to reprocessing, leaving the country with 120 tons of themetal, the biggest stockpile in the world. However, the government has no idea what to do with it.

Having spent hundreds of billions of pounds producing plutonium in a series of plants at Sellafield in the LakenDistrict, the UK policy is to store it indefinitely—or until it can come up with a better idea. There is also 90,000 tons of less dangerous depleteduranium in warehouses in the UK, also without an end use.

 Counterpunch 10th Feb 2022 https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/02/10/the-legacy-of-britains-dirty-decades-of-nuclear-reprocessing-120-tonnes-of-plutonium/

February 12, 2022 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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