Laser Enrichment of Uranium Could Lead to More Nuclear Weapons

New York Times reporter William Broad wrote an excellent piece on Sunday detailing concerns raised by APS and other scientists about the dangers posed by the laser enrichment of uranium.
In a 2010 report, Technical Steps to Support Nuclear Downsizing, an APS Study Group found that smaller uranium enrichment technologies could represent proliferation game changers, leading to more efficient methods for production and use of nuclear materials that would be harder to detect.
Last year, APS submitted a petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requesting a rule change that would require the NRC to consider the risks associated with laser enrichment before granting licenses for power plants. A decision is expected sometime next year.
Read the Times story.
Read the
APS Report.

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