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Nuclear Materials: Plutonium Processing in the Nuclear Weapons Complex

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Nuclear Materials: Plutonium Processing in the Nuclear Weapons Complex
Title
Nuclear Materials: Plutonium Processing in the Nuclear Weapons Complex
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eng
Summary
The Department of Energy (DOE) processes plutonium for use in nuclear weapons. This fact sheet responds to your September 6, 1991, request, that we describe the methods and facilities for DOE'S plutonium processing. Plutonium, which is used to make nuclear weapons, does not exist in nature and has to be produced. However, DOE no longer produces plutonium for use in nuclear weapons. Instead, DOE processes and recycles the plutonium from retired nuclear weapons and the plutonium that remains as scrap or residue from plutonium processing. In summary, DOE recovers plutonium through two basic process: aqueous and pyrochemical at four processing sites: Rocky Flats, Savannah River, Hanford, and Los Alamos. However, because of environmental and safety concerns and reductions in nuclear weapons, DOE has closed or may close most of the processing facilities. Only Los Alamos' processing facilities are currently operating
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DTICE
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GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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  • Nuclear weapons
  • Plutonium
  • Recycled materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Ion exchange
  • Solvent extraction
  • Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Processing
  • Radioactiv, Radioactive Wastes & Fission Prod
  • Nuclear Weapons
Label
Nuclear Materials: Plutonium Processing in the Nuclear Weapons Complex
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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39 pages
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online
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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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Hein Online
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  • (OCoLC)227866808
  • (OCoLC)ocn227866808
Label
Nuclear Materials: Plutonium Processing in the Nuclear Weapons Complex
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
39 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227866808
  • (OCoLC)ocn227866808

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