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Nuclear watchdogs warn against blurring energy, military uses at Ohio fuel plant

Combining the capability to make fuel for nuclear reactors and material for weapons undercuts nonproliferation efforts, critics say.
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Bob Meinetz on February 13, 2019

Once again the nuclear watchdogs at "Energy News Network", a website which appears to be singularly focused on spreading anti-nuclear propaganda, are letting their imaginations get the better of them.

High-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) development at Centrus Energy Corporation's Piketon plant will be generating uranium enriched to 19.75% U-235. It is impossible - repeat, impossible - to make a bomb from this material. Though nuclear power reactors used for generating electricity are typically of lower enrichment (3-5%), the 70 nuclear submarines and 13 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy fleet use uranium enriched to, not coincidentally, 19.75%. That is the "military purpose" for which HALEU generated at Piketon will be undoubtedly used.

Thanks to nuclear energy the U.S. Navy, per tonnage afloat, is the cleanest in the world. Though ENN's nuclear watchdogs would probably sleep better if Navy ships were powered by coal, that ship has already sailed.

 

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