Newsletter N° 1 (France)


  Category End of 1994 End of 1995 End of 1996
Separated Pu stored at reprocessing plants
27,8
36,1
43,6
Separated Pu undergoing process and Pu contained in non finished products at fuel manufacturing plants or at other plants
8,7
10,1
11,3
Pu contained in non irradiated MOX fuel or in other  manufactured products at nuclear power plants or at  other plants
1,8
3,6
5,0
Separated Pu at other plants
4,6
5,5
5,5
 Total civil non irradiated Pu
42,9
55,3
65,3
- of which Pu owned by foreign organisations
21,6
25,7
30,0
- French Pu in foreign countries
0,6
0,2
0,2

Source : Secrétariat d'Etat à l'Industrie, 1997.

The alarming evolution of non irradiated plutonium (Pu) stockpiles in France is shown in the table below (figures in tonnes). More than ten tonnes of plutonium will have been put on the shelf during the year 1996 alone.

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