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Resource ID: #18008
Subject: Nuclear Weapons
Source: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Chicago)
Date: March/April


Energy Department secretary Bill Richardson has decided to allow commercial nuclear reactors to start producing tritrium, an isotope used to turn A-bombs into H-bombs, multiplying their potential power. While this "dual use" of facilities is not illegal, it flies in the face of 50 years of policy concerning civil/military separation in the nuclear arena. Is this a step backwards in the fight against nuclear proliferation? the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists asks.

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