…And these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange even to the men who used them. – H. G. Wells, The World Set Free 1914
Over the 50 year history of the U.S. plutonium programs, there have been many different facilities involved in the production, processing, and utilization of U.S. plutonium. DOE-owned plants and equipment include reactors for the production of plutonium, isotopes and other reactor products; facilities for the fabrication and testing of weapons; reactors for testing materials and equipment components; reactor prototypes; and research laboratories.
Figure 2 is a map showing the location of the Department’s plutonium facilities mentioned in this report.
Significant amounts of information concerning plutonium have been declassified. The following are examples of information declassified since 1993 concerning U.S. plutonium inventory data.
• The total and annual quantities of plutonium produced…
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