U.S. weapons-usable plutonium disposition policy: Implementation of the MOX fuel option

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A comprehensive case study was conducted on the policy problem of disposing of US weapons-grade plutonium, which has been declared surplus to strategic defense needs. Specifically, implementation of the mixed-oxide fuel disposition option was examined in the context of national and international nonproliferation policy, and in contrast to US plutonium policy. The study reveals numerous difficulties in achieving effective implementation of the mixed-oxide fuel option including unresolved licensing and regulatory issues, technological uncertainties, public opposition, potentially conflicting federal policies, and the need for international assurances of reciprocal plutonium disposition activities. It is believed that these difficulties can be resolved in ... continued below

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Woods, A. L. & Gonzalez, V. L. October 1, 1998.

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  • Woods, A. L. Amarillo National Resource Center for Plutonium, TX (United States)
  • Gonzalez, V. L. Texas A and M Univ., College Station, TX (United States). Dept. of Political Science

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A comprehensive case study was conducted on the policy problem of disposing of US weapons-grade plutonium, which has been declared surplus to strategic defense needs. Specifically, implementation of the mixed-oxide fuel disposition option was examined in the context of national and international nonproliferation policy, and in contrast to US plutonium policy. The study reveals numerous difficulties in achieving effective implementation of the mixed-oxide fuel option including unresolved licensing and regulatory issues, technological uncertainties, public opposition, potentially conflicting federal policies, and the need for international assurances of reciprocal plutonium disposition activities. It is believed that these difficulties can be resolved in time so that the implementation of the mixed-oxide fuel option can eventually be effective in accomplishing its policy objective.

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INIS; OSTI as DE98007481

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  • Other Information: PBD: Oct 1998

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  • Other: DE98007481
  • Report No.: ANRCP--1998-16
  • Grant Number: FC04-95AL85832
  • DOI: 10.2172/665921 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 665921
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc709155

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Woods, A. L. & Gonzalez, V. L. U.S. weapons-usable plutonium disposition policy: Implementation of the MOX fuel option, report, October 1, 1998; [Amarillo,] Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc709155/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.