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Plutonium: asset or waste?

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19:30 – 20:30 19 Oct 2010
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St John’s suite, Mercure White Hart Hotel, 1 St John Street, Salisbury, SP1 2SD

Speakers: Jason Farrell (Sellafield Ltd)

Plutonium is a radioactive, fissile material arising from the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. Should plutonium be stored for the long term, disposed, or recycled into new reactor fuel? This presentation will deal with a number of issues associated with plutonium management; and it will be emphasised that no matter which approach is adopted, technical challenges are inevitable. The UK’s civil plutonium stockpile – around 100 tonnes – is currently considered to be a zero-value asset, although the energy potential of this material is thought to be equivalent to around two billion barrels of oil.
A case for recycling will be made; and operations of the Sellafield Mixed Oxide (MOX) Plant – in which overseas-owned plutonium is manufactured into new reactor fuel – will be described, as will some of the science of MOX fuel.
Tickets are free and available via email from salisburyiop@physics.org. Coffee will be available from 19:00, and the talk will begin at 19:30.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: South West Branch
Contact details: Philip Milsom
Email: salisburyiop@physics.org

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St John’s suite, Mercure White Hart Hotel, 1 St John Street, Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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19:30 – 20:30 19 Oct 2010
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