Book review for Tritium on Ice: The Dangerous New Alliance of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power

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Tritium on Ice questions the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to produce tritium at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) commercial nuclear power reactors and raises concerns as to the potential effects on national security and the safety of placing defense technology activities in a commercial setting. By way of background, tritium, required for nuclear weapons, was produced in secure defense reactors at Hanford, Washington. With the closing of those reactors, DOE had to find another source to supply the needed tritium. Since the half-life of tritium is about 12 years, 50 percent of the tritium must be replaced every twelve years. While DOE has decided to produce the tritium at the commercial power reactors operated by the TVA, regulatory approval is under the control of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).


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