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The United States deliberately allowed Japan access to the United States’ most secret nuclear weapons facilities while it transferred tens of billions of dollars worth of American tax paid research that has allowed Japan to amass 70 tons of weapons grade plutonium since the 1980s, a National Security News Service investigation reveals. These activities repeatedly violated U.S. laws regarding controls of sensitive nuclear materials that could be diverted to weapons programs in Japan. The NSNS investigation found that the United States has known about a secret nuclear weapons program in Japan since the 1960s, according to CIA reports. Continue reading United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium
The National Nuclear Security Administration may have a $10 billion taxpayer-financed white elephant on its hands based on Britain’s experience with a similar plant that has been shuttered after a decade of failed operations. Continue reading The Bomb Plant: A MOX White Elephant?
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Concern about a series of radioactive leaks and safety issues has motivated the Health and Safety Executive, Great Britain’s independent public interest watchdog, to close a nuclear waste plant at Sellafield and to take legal action to force the site’s operators to improve safety procedures. HSE also rejected a plan to clean up Sellafield due to proposed delays in dismantling aging facilities.
Sellafield houses over a thousand nuclear facilities and is Britain’s oldest and largest nuclear complex. Nuclear Management Partners, a consortium comprising AMEC, AREVA, and URS, took control of Sellafield in 2008. These actions come at a time when the nuclear industry is trying to get approval to build more reactors in the region.
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