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Sep 08, 2015 NPEC's Executive Director Signs Letter Urging Department of Energy to Defer Plutonium's Commercial Use
14 former senior energy and national security officials sign a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Moniz to terminate a costly DOE plutonium fuel fabrication project (known as the mixed oxide or MOX program) designed to make plutonium–based fuels for US power reactors. The letter was featured is an article by Steven Mufson in The Washington Post, "Energy secretary is urged to end U.S. nuclear fuel program at Savannah River." Many of the points highlighted in the letter and article were discussed in an earlier proposal by NPEC, A Mutually Beneficial Policy on Plutonium Fuels.  
Official Docs & Letters
May 06, 2013 Greg Jones: America's 1962 Reactor-Grade Plutonium Weapons Test Revisited
In 1977, the U.S. declassified the fact that in 1962 it had successfully tested a nuclear weapon using reactor-grade plutonium.  In 1994 additional information about this test was released.  Though on the face of it this test would seem to definitively settle the issue about whether reactor-grade plutonium can be used in nuclear weapons, ironically the specifics related to this nuclear test have generated some of the most controversy.  
Working Papers
Jun 25, 2012 National Security and U.S. Domestic Uranium Enrichment Requirements
At a time when Congress is weighing making drastic cuts in US defense spending, our government is financially propping up domestic commercial uranium enrichment capacity with direct appropriations and possible loan guarantees. One such case in controversy is the United States Enrichment Corporation’s American Centrifuge Project. The key arguments made for such spending turns on purported legal and defense requirements, each of which was examined at a Center for Strategic and International Studies panel held last week on uranium enrichment and US national security. NPEC executive director Henry Sokolski challenges these claims and suggest the practicality of relying on existing defense stockpiles and the enrichment services of Louisiana Energy Services in New Mexico. He also discusses the potential proliferation concerns raised by new commercial enrichment technologies, such as SILEX, and explains why federal loan guarantees are unnecessary and undesirable to support the construction of additional US enrichment capacity either for commercial or military purposes.
Audio & Video
Jan 30, 2012 Henry Sokolski: National Security and Crony Nuclear Capitalism
In the Weekly Standard, NPEC Executive Director argues that the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) is using false national security-based arguments to try to receive a $2 billion federal bailout.
Jan 17, 2012 Letter to Congress Urging Amendments to S. 99, the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2011
NPEC signed a letter urging Congressmen Fortenberry, Upton, and Markey to propose an amendment to the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2011 that would promote a reliable domestic supply of vital medical isotopes while minimizing HEU commerce.
Official Docs & Letters
Jan 03, 2012 Sir Michael Quinlan's Nuclear Nonproliferation Insights
 NPEC's executive director Henry Sokolski wrote this chapter commemorating Sir Michael Quinlan's three major insights into the link between nuclear power and nuclear weapons proliferation as part of Thinking About Strategy, A Tribute to Sir Michael Quinlan.
Dec 16, 2011 NPEC's Tribute to Dr. Fred Ikle (1924-2011) Shared at his Memorial Service
NPEC's tribute to Dr. Fred Inkle (1924-2011) was shared at his Washington DC memorial service.
Testimony & Transcripts
Nov 28, 2011 Newsweek Showcases NPEC's Take on Nuclear Power and Proliferation
In Newsweek, NPEC Executive Director describes how the market for nuclear power is changing after the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Nov 21, 2011 Victor Gilinsky Provides a Summary of NPEC and the Legatum Institute's London Conference
Victor Gilinsky provides a summary of the five different panels and panelist presentations for the London conference cohosted by NPEC and the Legatum Institute titled, "Reassessing Nuclear Nonproliferation's Key Premises."
Working Papers
Nov 21, 2011 Patrick Roberts's Presentation on the Ability of the IAEA to Safeguard Nuclear Materials if Nuclear Power Expands
On Nov 21, 2011, Virginia Tech Professor Patrick Roberts conducted a presentaiton in London entitled "Scaling Up Safeguards: How Well will the IAEA Be Able to Safeguard Nuclear Materials in More States."
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