Newsletter N°9 (Belgium)
Annual figures for holdings of civil unirradiated plutonium
As of 31. Dec. 1996
Rounded to 100 kg plutonium
1. Unirradiated separated plutonium in product stores at reprocessing plants

2. Unirradiated separated plutonium in the course of manufacture or fabrication and plutonium contained in unirradiated semi-fabricated or unfinished products at fuel or other fabricating plants or elsewhere.
2,600 kg
3. Plutonium contained in unirradiated MOX fuel or other fabricated products at reactor sites or elsewhere.
   100 kg
4. Unirradiated separated plutonium held elsewhere
negligible
TOTAL
(this line does not exist in the official document)
2,700 Kg
Notes:
(i) Plutonium included in lines 1-4 above belonging to foreign bodies: 0
(ii) Plutonium in any of the forms in lines 1-4 above held in locations in other countries and therefore not included above: 0
(iii) Plutonium included in lines 1-4 above which is in international shipment prior to its arrival in the recipient State: 0

 

Estimated amounts of plutonium contained in spent civil reactor fuel
As of 31. Dec. 1996
Rounded to 1,000 kg plutonium
1. Plutonium contained in spent fuel at civil reactor sites
12 tonnes
2. Plutonium contained in spent fuel at reprocessing plants
3. Plutonium contained in spent fuel held elsewhere
TOTAL
(this line does not exist in the official document)
12 tonnes

(Source: Permanent Mission of Belgium to IAEA, 12 December 1997)

This table should contain more explicit data. It can be noted, for instance, that while the International Guidelines for the Management of Plutonium - which have been adopted by Belgium - explicitly call for the publication of figures on the plutonium inventory covering two years (as of 31 Dec. of one year, and in parentheses the previous years' figures), Belgium has only published values for one single year.

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