Why not just dilute the plutonium with something and use it for reactor fuel?


Why don't we just put it back in the ground?


What about half-life?
Doesn't it just go away after a while?


Don't nuclear reactors produce plutonium?

  • A typical nuclear power reactor creates about 230 kilograms of plutonium per year.

  • Total world generation of reactor-grade plutonium is about 75 tonnes per year.

  • About 1300 tonnes of plutonium have been produced so far, and 90% of this remains as spent fuel.

  • One kilogram of plutonium can produce sufficient heat to generate nearly 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity - sufficient to meet the needs of over 1,000 households for 3 years.

  • Russia intends to use its plutonium as a fuel, burning it in fast neutron reactors.