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Tritium Supply: Test Reactor Touted for Bomb Fuel

Science  04 Apr 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5309, pp. 28
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5309.28

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RICHLAND, WASHINGTON--The need to replenish constantly the nation's dwindling supply of tritium, an essential component of nuclear weapons, has caused Energy Department officials to study the feasibility of such multibillion-dollar solutions as a new reactor or a proton accelerator at its Savannah River facility in South Carolina. Now a third, far less expensive, idea has come to the fore--reviving a mothballed reactor at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state.

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