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Nature 283, 817 - 823 (28 February 1980); doi:10.1038/283817a0

Nuclear weapons and power-reactor plutonium

Amory B. Lovins

Consultant Physicist, c/o Friends of the Earth Ltd, 9 Poland Street, London W1V 3DG, UK

With modest design sophistication, high-burn-up plutonium from power reactors can produce powerful and predictable nuclear explosions. There is no way to ‘denature’ plutonium. Power reactors are not implausible but rather attractive as military production reactors. Current promotion of quasi-civilian nuclear facilities rests, dangerously, on contrary assumptions.

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