Managing Plutonium stocks

February 2011

The Government has opened a consultation on the long-term management of the UK’s existing civil plutonium stocks. It sets out three options:

  • reuse as fuel;
  • immobilisation and direct disposal;
  • long-term storage.

The Government’s initial view is that the best long-term solution is through reuse as MOX (mixed oxide).  However, The Telegraph, 7.2, says that the Sellafield MOX Plant (against which CND campaigned vigorously) is “one of the most embarrassing failures in British industrial history,” according to a leaked US embassy cable.