Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Washington Post: Japan has lots of plutonium on hand, little way to use it

By Chico Harlan, Published: March 27 The Washington Post SEOUL
[excerpt] — The plutonium Japan has stockpiled for decades was supposed to be a smart energy source for the resource-poor nation.

But last year’s earthquake-triggered nuclear accident, along with growing global anxiety about extremists gaining access to radioactive material, is turning a potential asset into a liability....

President Obama noted Monday that the “smallest amount of plutonium — about the size of an apple — could kill hundreds of thousands and spark a global crisis.

....Japan has more plutonium on its hands than any other non-weapons state, according to a 2011 report from the panel. Three-quarters of Japan’s plutonium is stored in other countries, but Japan holds nearly 10 tons, enough for more than 1,000 weapons, in various storage facilities and nuclear reactors across the country.”

Majia here: See my posts on plutonium

Data Analyses of Plutonium Transport from Fukushima

Plutonium from Fukushima Found in Lithuania

Plutonium: Not Our Friend

Article on Plutonium Transport

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