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U.S.-Russia Plutonium Disposal Project Languishing

With much fanfare, the world’s two nuclear superpowers announced in 1998 that they would destroy 68 tons of plutonium stripped from bombs and warheads. The cost, counted in billions, would be borne largely by the United States and European governments intent on removing dangerous fissile material from circulation. Six years later, the project sits stalled. The plutonium remains intact, and no construction has begun on either of the planned processing factories. In frustration, some U.S. analysts and politicians are doubting the Bush administration’s commitment. This has happened because the United States and Russia have been unable to agree on who would pay if an accident — or sabotage — occurred in Russia. The Bush administration wants Russia to take full responsibility, and the Russians are balking. Full Story

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