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Putin scraps plutonium disposal deal with 'unfriendly' US

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered a halt to an agreement with the United States on weapons-grade plutonium disposal in retaliation for Washington's "unfriendly actions" amid a wider standoff with the West.

Armed vessel arrives in Japan to carry plutonium shipment to U.S.

Toukyo - An armed nuclear transport vessel preparing to ship a huge cache of plutonium -- enough to produce 50 nuclear bombs -- to the US arrived at a Japanese port on Monday amid tight security, local media said.

Op-Ed: Hanford — The most contaminated nuclear waste site in America

Located in central Washington state, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is the largest nuclear waste dump in the Western Hemisphere. It has also become a major environmental issue for the United States, yet little is known about what is happening there.

Signs of North Korea restarting Yongbyon nuclear facility

Recently released satellite imagery points to North Korea restarting a nuclear reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear facility. The worry for Western defense analysts is that Yongbyon is capable of producing plutonium, an essential component of nuclear weapons.

Mars rover Curiosity equipped with nuclear power supply

NASA's new rover Curiosity is equipped with a plutonium nuclear energy source to power the probe as it explores the surface of Mars.

Japan to scrap damaged reactors at Fukushima Nuclear Power plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant announced plans to scrap at least four damaged reactors at the crippled Fukushima plant.

Japan's farmers and fishermen's future bleak due to contamination

Thousands of Japanese farmers and fishermen face bleak and uncertain future after authorities announced soil near the site of the badly-damaged Fukushima Nuclear Power plant has been contaminated with Plutonium

Plutonium detected in soil around Fukushima nuclear power plant

Tokyo - Soil samples taken from five separate locations around the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) nuclear power plant showed the presence of Plutonium, officials confirmed on Monday.

Russia Testing Iran's Nuclear Power Plant

Iran is currently testing its newly built nuclear power plant amid opposition from concerned nations including the US and Israel because of fears that Iran will use its waste materials in building nuclear warheads.

Plutonium found at Iran waste site

IAEA has discovered plutonium and enriched uranium traces in a nuclear waste facility in Iran.

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B-Reactor in Operation at Hanford in the 1940 s. The Columbia River can be seen in the background.
B-Reactor in Operation at Hanford in the 1940's. The Columbia River can be seen in the background.
U.S. Dept. of Energy
The shipment of plutonium from Japan to the U.S. falls under the U.S.-led Global Threat Reduction In...
The shipment of plutonium from Japan to the U.S. falls under the U.S.-led Global Threat Reduction Initiative or Material Management & Minimization program.