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SECRET SHIPMENT OF PLUTONIUM FROM EUROPE TO JAPAN LED TO PLANT EXPLOSION
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1217946:MV8xMzkwMzAxXzIyOTIyNDk2XzJFOTNFQjJE] The security, safety, and economics of MOX fuel use have long been questioned by many experts in France. In November 1990, when the decision was made to build the Melox plant, Jean-Paul Schapira, a well-known nuclear physicist questioned the value of MOX use in the journal La Recherche.1 Recently, in the Gazette Nucléaire, Monique Sené of the GSIEN (Association of Scientists for Nuclear Energy Information), shows that the objections raised by J.P. Schapira have been borne out by the MOX fuel assemblies that have been used by EDF.2 Schapira and Sené identify a number of safety problems posed by MOX compared to traditional uranium fuel which it replaces: more delicate fabrication of fuel rods to protect against contamination, greater risk of loss of control during reactor operation despite the presence of extra control rods, release of fission gases, corrosion of fuel rods during reactor operation. Given the signs of aging which are now appearing in the French 900 MW reactors, these complications are all the more problematic. [/quote]
SECRET SHIPMENT OF NUCLEAR BOMB MATERIAL FROM
EUROPE TO JAPAN
OVER the next few weeks, two ships carrying a secret cargo of dangerous, nuclear weapons-usable plutonium fuel will leave ports in Britain and France and sail around the globe to Japan. On board will be fuel containing more plutonium than in the entire Indian and Pakistani nuclear weapons programmes.(1)
The two British flagged vessels, the Pacific Teal and the Pacific Pintail, will leave Barrow in Britain and Cherbourg in France carrying the first commercial shipment to Japan of mixed-oxide (MOX) reactor fuel, made from plutonium and uranium. An estimated 446 kilograms of plutonium is contained in the 40 nuclear fuel elements – enough fissile material to construct 60 nuclear bombs. T
The first plant to use MOX is scheduled to be Fukushima 1, plant. The date has been set to August 22nd, 2010.
ROUTE OF PLUTONIUM FUEL (MOX) SHIPMENT KEPT SECRET
THE plutonium (MOX) fuel shipment is being conducted for the Japanese electrical utilities Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) (Fukushima 1.2) .
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