The management of separated plutonium: an introduction

Nuttall, W. J., Farnan, I., 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.<p></p> 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.<p></p>

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hamilton, Dr David
Authors: Nuttall, W. J., Farnan, I., Konings, R. J.M., and Hamilton, D. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Progress in Nuclear Energy
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0149-1970

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