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“This is not going to make a dent,” he said.

Clark said the mission is to ensure the plutonium can never again be used in a nuclear weapon, so creating the so-called MOX fuel is the best option.

“MOX is a proven fuel that is used around the world, in a variety of reactors,” he said. “Storing plutonium in glass or ceramic in canisters or underground will not reduce the global inventories. As a chemist, such waste forms may slow me down, but I can still recover the plutonium. The only one of these options that will destroy plutonium … or make it unsuitable for weapons … is to burn it in a nuclear reactor. “

Another hearing is scheduled Thursday in Santa Fe, and a third Tuesday in Carlsbad.


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