To conform to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the U.S. must cull its deployed nuclear strategic warheads by roughly 700. Once the National Nuclear Security Administration's scientists inspect each warhead to determine the best way to take it apart, it goes to Pantex Plant in Texas, the only facility cleared to disassemble nukes.
The conventional explosive used to trigger the nuclear reaction is the most volatile part of the bomb, so it is removed first and burned. Plutonium and highly enriched uranium are removed and shipped to other facilities, where they are later converted into fuel rods for use in nuclear-power plants.
One might suspect that a person who handles nuclear bombs would need a steady supply of antacids. But bombs are recycled in the same slow, reliable, boring sort of way as other technologies—only, while wearing a radiation suit. "That said, you can never lose respect of the material you're handling," says Bron Johnston, the dismantlement manager at the Y-12 facility at the National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where uranium is handled. "Safety is paramount. It's not like you're working in a bread factory."
they better not be dropping my bread on the floor...
Yellow Cake and bread...sounds tasty!
Take it easy fat man, leave some for the little boy.
However nuclear expolisves are useful.Apart from their use as weapons, nuclear explosives have been tested and used for various non-military uses, and proposed, but not used for large-scale earth moving. When long term health and clean-up costs were included, there was no economic advantage over conventional explosives.
Nuclear explosives have also been seriously studied as potential propulsion mechanisms for space travel
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