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R43125 – Mixed-Oxide Fuel Fabrication Plant and Plutonium Disposition: Management and Policy Issues – 10/3/2016

R43125 – Mixed-Oxide Fuel Fabrication Plant and Plutonium Disposition: Management and Policy Issues – 10/3/2016 published on

Author: Mark Holt Specialist in Energy Policy; Mary Beth Nikitin, Specialist in Nonproliferation
Pages: 17

With the end of the Cold War and breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, control of surplus nuclear weapons material became an urgent U.S. foreign policy goal. Particular U.S. concern focused on plutonium from Soviet nuclear warheads, which it was feared posed a major nuclear weapons proliferation risk. The United States supported a successful effort to consolidate the storage of Soviet nuclear weapons and materials in Russia, and then began negotiating reductions in weapons material stockpiles.

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