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Congressman questions plutonium plan

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Disposition > Markey calls it a ‘pluperfect disaster’

Last week, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to the Department of Energy questioning the value of the Department’s plan to convert surplus weapons-grade plutonium into Mixed-Oxide Fuel that could be used in nuclear power plants.

Markey said the project is over budget, raises non-proliferation concerns, lacks even a single customer for the MOX fuel, and is far more expensive than disposing of the material as waste.

“The government’s plutonium plan is a pluperfect disaster,” Markey said. “It is over budget, riddled with delays and problems, and is producing a product that no one wants.  And all to produce $2 billion worth of reactor fuel at a cost of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars and damage to our global non-proliferation efforts.”

Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) also weighed in on the issue.


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