posted on Jun, 27 2005 @ 10:56 AM
For the first time since the Cold War, the US plans to resume the production of plutonium 238. Project managers stated the highly radioactive element
is for secret missions. Experts on the matter said it would likely power espionage devices on both land and in water.
The Times said Timothy Frazier, head of radioisotope power systems at the U.S. Energy Department, vigorously denied in a recent interview any of the
classified missions would involve nuclear arms, satellites or weapons in space.
"The real reason we're starting production is for national security," Frazier was quoted as saying.
Officials at the Energy Department could not be reached for comment.
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The US last made Plutonium in the 80's. During the Cold War large amounts were stocked by both the US and Russia. It would not take much to cause
harm to people. 238 is much more radioactive than 239, which is used in nuclear weapons.
As far as the "secret missions", it is reasonable to believe that the Plutonium will be used to power devices that will hopefully in return keep
all americans safe and the US at a high level of intelligence.
With the stories of missing devices and such in the US, its not hard to imagine the scenarios that could occur if this plutonium got into the wrong
hands. Hopefully, extreme care will be taken with this.