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Fast Breeder Reactor Programs: History and Status

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Thomas B. Cochran, Harold A. Feiveson, Walt Patterson, Gennadi Pshakin, M.V. Ramana, Mycle Schneider, Tatsujiro Suzuki, Frank von Hippel, Fast Breeder Reactor Programs: History and Status, IPFM Research Report #8, February 2010.

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The respected Japanese daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun has attacked the government's plutonium policy in a damning editorial dated 27 April and published on 28 April 2010. Announcing the imminent restart of the 246 MW(net) fast breeder reactor Monju, the... Read More

On 6 May 2010 the Japanese fast breeder reactor Monju located in Tsuruga restarted for the first time after it was shutdown on 8 December 1995, following a major sodium leak and fire. The extent of the accident had been... Read More

An article "It's time to give up on breeder reactors" in the May/June 2010 issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists summarizes the analysis in IPFM research report No. 8 "Fast Breeder Reactor Programs: History and Status." The article by Thomas... Read More

The Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) disclosed details of an accident that happened on August 26, 2010 at the Monju fast breeder reactor (here is the original JAEA letter). As described in the press, the accident involved a 3-tonne "fuel-replacemen... Read More