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    Plutonium

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    Plutonium Plutonium is a radioactive metallic element. Although it is occasionally found in nature, mostly all of our plutonium is produced artificially in a lab. The official chemical symbol for plutonium is Pu, coming from its first and third letters. Its atomic number is ninety-four. Plutonium is able to maintain its solid state until very high temperatures, melting at six hundred and forty degrees Celsius, and boiling at three thousand four hundred and sixty degrees. The density of Plutonium

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    Managing Plutonium Stockpiles

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    the safest and most effective way to deal with its large stockpile of Plutonium. First, it is important to understand what Plutonium is. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA plutonium is considered a man-made, radioactive metal. However, scientists have also found small quantities of what appears to be naturally-occurring plutonium produced under “highly unusual geologic circumstances.” (3). Plutonium has an Atomic Number 94, and is most commonly found as radioisotopes

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    of discovery in 1941 Plutonium has been both beneficial and detrimental to the human race. The isotope most detrimental is Plutonium-239 which has been used to create nuclear weapons. Plutonium-239 was used in the atomic bomb codenamed “Fat Man” that was dropped on Nagasaki during World War II. Normally a nuclear bomb uses 10 kilograms of Plutonium, but “Fat Man” used even less and still caused a lot of destruction. To put it in perspective again just 1 kilogram of Plutonium-239 causes an explosion

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    Plutonium, Our Country's Only Feasible Solution Abstract: Should we begin to manufacture one of the most destructive and infamous substances on the face on the Earth once again? The engineers say yes, but the public says no. The United States stopped making this element with the ban on manufacturing nuclear weapons. But with the continuing problem with our ever diminishing energy sources, some want us to begin using more nuclear energy and less energy from natural resources. This paper is going

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    finishing of the plant, Oppenheimer feared that they would need to find an alternate source of radioactive material, due to not being able to separate enough Uranium 235 in time. They attempted to use plutonium which is nearly, if not more radioactive than Uranium, but they quickly depleted most of their Plutonium deposits, and in turn had to switch back to refining and separating Uranium. There was also another plant for producing radioactive materials, known as K-25. K-25 is mostly forgotten about due

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    large casks at the plants where it was used with plans in the works for a common location to store the waste for long periods of time. Long term storage is not the only option, technology exists to take this spent nuclear fuel and remove the unused plutonium and uranium from the waste products to create more fuel. The remaining waste would be stored in a long term facility as discussed above. This process is highly controversial due to economic and safety concerns, but could increase the capacity of

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    Nuclear Terrorism Not Likely

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    that the Cold War is over, both the United States and the former Soviet Republics are dismantling their nuclear arsenals. Because of a less than reliable system of nuclear security in Russia, the chances of terrorists group obtaining uranium or plutonium from Russia have increased. However, in order to assemble the nuclear weapon, the group would need both knowledge and all the necessary materials. Thus, a nuclear threat by a terrorist is possible but not very likely. Nuclear Terrorism:

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    Most of us would like to think that history is based on civil negotiations between representatives from around the world. The fact is, war has always been a disease that spreads not only in the battle field, and infects all those who come in contact with it. In the case of nuclear weapons, the United States, like many countries, raced to produce some of the most deadly weapons. Kristen Iversen shares her experiences surrounding a nuclear production facility in Boulder Colorado called Rocky Flats

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    The presence of radionuclides and heavy metals in our surroundings has become the most serious environmental concern. These contaminants or pollutants fail to degrade on their own over time and must be removed or neutralized. Microorganisms act as natural catalysts in the process of transformation of toxic metals into non-toxic ones. This is why there is an increased interest in the understanding of microbiological processes which help in remediation of these toxic wastes from the environment (Francis

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    electricity to help mankind. Breeder reactors bring forth modern technology at its finest; mankind is becoming more and more creative to make reactors which can be optimally efficient and cost-effective at the same time. By being able to harness plutonium-239 with a blanket of uranium and start chain reactions consistently, breeders seem to be a viable option to help produce electricity for a bigger population. However, maintenance and operation costs are big problems to deal with, and these are some

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