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Plans To Announce Detailed Plutonium Information

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Press Secretary, Washington, DC 20585


Plans To Announce Detailed Plutonium Information

Table of Contents

Specifically
Background
Benefits
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
Contact
Questions and Answers

The Department of Energy is committed to informing the public on the details of our plutonium production, acquisition, and utilization from 1945 through 1993.

Specifically

The Department plans to declassify and verify the actual plutonium numbers as well as coordinate the numbers with the affected agencies and other involved countries. This information will then be released to the public by a written report including a description of the systems used to track this material and the complex additions and subtractions comprising the plutonium inventories. This release is scheduled for September 1, 1994. The system is called the Nuclear Materials Management and Safeguards System and it is the official record used to maintain compliance with the Nonproliferation Treaty.

Background

Benefits

Who Are the Key Stakeholders?

Contact

U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Public Affairs
Contact: Sam Grizzle
(202) 586-5806


U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Press Secretary, Washington, DC 20585


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. Why was there an increase of 1.6 metric tons of weapon-grade plutonium at Hanford Site since the December 1993 announcement?

A. After thorough review, the Department of Energy concluded that the correct figures are based on the Nuclear Materials Management and Safeguards System rather than production file documents previously used.

Q. Is there 1.6 metric tons of weapon-grade plutonium missing from Hanford?

A. The plutonium is not missing.


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