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Risky Business
The Energy Department’s Dangerous Plutonium Dream

The Trump Administration wants to reprocess spent nuclear fuel to extract plutonium. It’s a dream that won’t die—but it’s never made economic, environmental, or strategic sense.

Published on: June 25, 2020
Victor Gilinsky is program advisor for the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) in Arlington, Virginia. He served on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. Henry Sokolski is executive director of NPEC and the author of Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future (2019). He served as deputy for nonproliferation policy in the office of the U.S. secretary of defense during the George H.W. Bush administration.
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