Nuclear Renaissance Incompatible with Nuclear-Weapons-Free World

Room: 104
27.08.2010, Friday 15.15 - 16.45

Organizer: Atomic Photographers Guild; Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility

Speaker: Robert Del Tredici; Dr. Gordon Edwards

Atoms for war and atoms for peace have 2 things in common: uranium and nuclear fission. Bombs and reactors also have in common the element plutonium, a transmuted form of uranium and the main explosive for the world?s nuclear arsenals. Plutonium is created in every nuclear reactor. A Nuclear Renaissance needs plutonium for reactor fuel; it has to be separated, stockpiled, and transported on a large scale. But worldwide traffic in plutonium undermines the basis for trust and verification needed to maintain a world free of nuclear weapons.