The Trouble with MOX

Blake, Mariah
April 2011
New Republic;4/28/2011, Vol. 242 Issue 6, p9
An article is presented that reports on mixed-oxide fuel (MOX) as a fuel at nuclear power plants. MOX is a blend of uranium and plutonium and was in use at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant during its reactor accident following the March 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami. The article discusses the U.S. government's decision to supply MOX to American power plants, describing its cost and its use for disposing of weapons-grade plutonium. Information is also provided on nuclear policy in the U.S. and the Department of Energy (DOE).


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