The myth of the “proliferation-resistant” closed nuclear fuel cycle

Lyman, Edwin S.
July 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 532 Issue 1, p187
Academic Journal
National nuclear energy programs that engage in reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and the development of “closed” nuclear fuel cycles based on the utilization of plutonium process and store large quantities of weapons-usable nuclear materials in forms vulnerable to diversion or theft by national or subnational groups. Proliferation resistance, an idea dating back at least as far as the International Fuel Cycle Evaluation (INFCE) of the late 1970s, is a loosely defined term referring to processes for chemical separation of SNF that do not extract weapons-usable materials in a purified form. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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