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Friday, February 18, 2005

 

Missing plutonium ‘just on paper’

`Almost 30kg of plutonium apparently missing from the Sellafield nuclear plant is simply an auditing issue, it has been announced.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) confirmed 29.6kg of plutonium – enough to make seven nuclear bombs – was “unaccounted for” in auditing records.

Operator, the British Nuclear Group (BNG), said it was a discrepancy between physical and book inventories.

UKAEA said there was no reason to think there was any “real loss” of plutonium. [..]

The figures also showed that 16.4kg of naturally-depleted uranium was also unaccounted for.’




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