Break It Down: Plutonium

K Area Complex at the Savannah River Site
K Area Complex at the Savannah River Site

Break It Down: Plutonium

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jun 7, 2016) — Excerpt of Article: The Nuclear Security Summit took place in Washington, D.C. in March and Georgia came up in the discussions among international leaders. Why? Because Japanese and American officials have decided to send 730 pounds of highly radioactive plutonium to the Savannah River Site, a nuclear reservation on the Georgia-South Carolina border. There's a lot of concern over this decision, but what exactly is plutonium and why is it dangerous?

We break it down with Kennesaw State University Physics Professor Nikolaos Kidonakis and learn more about the Savannah River Site from Tom Clements, director of the watchdog advocacy group Savannah River Site Watch. 

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We reached out to the United States Department of Energy, which manages the Savannah River Site.

Name of Publication:
NPR / GPB

Link to Article:
http://gpbnews.org/post/break-it-down-plutonium


 

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