Noun(1) a solid silvery grey radioactive transuranic element whose atoms can be split when bombarded with neutrons; found in minute quantities in uranium ores but is usually synthesized in nuclear reactors; 13 isotopes are known with the most important being plutonium 239
(1) The use of Australian uranium always involves the production of plutonium .(2) The difference is the commercial grade is different from the weapons grade plutonium .(3) Given enough plutonium or enriched uranium, he thought they might have been able to produce a bomb in two to three years.(4) A highly radioactive solution of water, plutonium and uranium is constantly leaking out.(5) Accidents could result in explosions which could spread plutonium and other harmful radioactivity over large areas, it says.(6) While plutonium can be used in nuclear weapons it also has civilian purposes, including power generation.(7) To develop a comprehensive set of nuclear weapons, enriched plutonium and uranium are needed.(8) Workers at the facility were exposed to radiation as well as the chemicals uranium, plutonium and fluorine.(9) No one is proposing to make bombs out of the small amount of plutonium produced.(10) Reprocessing is only for the purpose of harvesting plutonium to make weapons.(11) The plant reprocesses deadly plutonium to make fuel for nuclear power stations.(12) Thus, even today, it has only enough plutonium for one or two crude nuclear devices.(13) These were bombarded with neutrons which converted the uranium to plutonium .(14) No one is going to steal our plutonium - it is too well guarded, too hard to handle, too dangerous.(15) Part of the research involved injecting a number of people with radioactive plutonium .(16) The only manufacturing left on the site when reprocessing goes will be the plant for making nuclear fuel from plutonium and uranium oxides.
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