TITLE

Enough, already

PUB. DATE
December 2005
SOURCE
Nature;12/8/2005, Vol. 438 Issue 7069, p712
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on the plan by the U.S. Department of Energy to double the amount of plutonium to be stored at the Lawrence National Laboratory in California. Antinuclear activists are up in arms about having so much bomb-grade metal in such a heavily populated area. Livermore is expected to use some of the expanded inventory in nuclear-weapons research, including experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a massive laser facility that will recreate some of the conditions inside nuclear weapons at detonation. Officials at the Department of Energy never formally excluded the option of using plutonium in the NIF, but a 1995 report prepared by scientists in the department's non-proliferation office warned that its use at the facility could be seen as provocative by other nations.
ACCESSION #
19071796

 

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