United States Department of Energy plans
to reprocess nuclear warhead plutonium
into commercial nuclear power reactor
fuel. The site for fabrication of
the fuel, also called MOX, is Savannah
River in South Carolina.
Weapons-grade plutonium now stored at
military sites across the nation would be
transported to the southeast, made into
fuel, and shipped back out to Duke Power
reactors near Charlotte, North Carolina
and Rock Hill, South Carolina.
of plutonium in reactors would put a
strategically valuable and dangerous
material which is now protected by the
armed forces in the hands of electric
utilities. Plutonium fuel would be
transported through .
project would not reduce the nation's
stockpile because plutonium is created at
a rate similar to its destruction in a
environmental contamination from
plutonium reprocessing and the additional
risks of plutonium fuel transport to and
use in commercial nuclear power reactors
is a public health nightmare.
Ridge Environmental Defense
League opposes the use of
plutonium fuel in commercial
nuclear power reactors for
environmental, public health, and
national security reasons.