The plutonium stocks The growth continues
The quantities of separated plutonium stocked on
French territory continue to increase, although more slowly, reaching
75.9 tons on 31 December 1998 (up 5% compared to 1997), the last figure
published by the government, of which 40.3 tons (up by 1.6 tons) is
French plutonium and 35.6 tons (up by 2 tons) belong to foreign clients.
France has not made any new declaration to date. According to the estimate
by WISE-Paris, the stocks have continued to increase during 1999 to
reach some 41.1 tonnes for French plutonium and some 37 tonnes for foreign
plutonium. With 20 nuclear reactors authorized to load MOX fuel, and
already loaded (some of which alternate with UOX fuel), the principle
of "equality of flow" vaunted by nuclear organisms is far
from being realized.
be continued (The production of MOX)