The House Subcommittee on Energy & Water begins its federal budget review process June 2, 2011. For five years running, $500 million of our taxes have been squandered to construct the Department of Energy's (DOE) MOX "factory to nowhere" at Savannah River Site (SRS). The radioactive pork MOX plutonium program is 10 years behind schedule and costs have ballooned from $1 billion to $5 billion.
It is time to pull the plug on the tax-funded MOX plutonium fuel boondoggle!
DOE'S MOX plutonium fuel tests have already failed in Duke Power reactors and Duke subsequently chose to quit the MOX program. In public hearings conducted by DOE last summer, residents in the Tennessee River Valley stated their vigorous opposition to MOX plutonium fuel in TVA reactors. Three of the reactors being pursued by DOE are of the exact same GE design as Fukushima in Japan. Indeed, one of the reactors that exploded at Fukushima was loaded with MOX plutonium fuel and highly toxic plutonium has been found a mile away. Public pressure is needed NOW to terminate the dangerous MOX factory to nowhere. There are better ways to make energy, and better ways to dispose of plutonium, such as plutonium immobilization in existing high-level radioactive tank waste at SRS.
Experts researched and wrote this handy email action letter for YOU to send and make a difference! Tell Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, chair of the House Subcommittee on Energy & Water to eliminate funding for MOX plutonium fuel factory construction.
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Year plutonium was discovered by Glenn Seaborg and others
Minimum amount of plutonium required for bomb
1 kilogram (2.2 pounds)
Amount of plutonium used in Nagasaki bomb
Average amount of plutonium used in modern atom bomb
Estimated amount of U.S. weapons-grade plutonium
85,000 kilograms (93.5 tons)
Estimated amount of Russian weapons-grade plutonium
160,000 kilograms (176 tons)
Hazards associated with plutonium
Radiation, fire, inhalation, ingestion, criticality, reactivity, decay
Length of time that
plutonium 239 (weapons-grade) remains hazardous
(Ten 24,000-year half-lives)
Form of plutonium most hazardous to life
Plutonium oxide powder
What happens to plutonium metal when exposed to air
Gradually turns to
plutonium oxide powder
Lethal amount of plutonium oxide powder (inhaled)
Lethal amount of plutonium oxide powder (ingested)
Amount of sugar substitute in average 1 gram package
Excerpted from Stop Plutonium Fuel: Plutonium Index, compiled by Don Moniak. Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, www.bredl.org