No Nuclear Reprocessing

Saturday, February 18, 2006

`In their Jan. 30 op-ed, "A Plan for Nuclear Waste," John Deutch and Ernest J. Moniz made a strong case against a U.S. reprocessing program to extract plutonium from spent nuclear reactor fuel, noting that it would undercut efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons to more nations.

It did not mention that reprocessing also would entail a risk of terrorists acquiring the material needed to make a nuclear weapon.

Because U.S. nuclear power plants now pose no such risk, reprocessing would be a big step in the wrong direction -- especially for an administration that claims that preventing nuclear terrorism is a priority.


Co-Director, Global Security Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Cambridge, Mass.

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