rKAjgi: UALIi; Pl.UTuNI
laser iaotopc separation procrts bt jr.; studied to accomplish tall goal and. If suaoisful, may allow France to obtain greater quantities of weapon-grade plutoiilun for anticipated increases in autenic and tactical nuclear weapon* and alto allow uneconomical ^preductlorr' reactors to be retired.
OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC AND WEAPONS RESEARCH
Science and Weapons Daily Review
FRANCE I WEAPON-SHADE PLUTONIUM PROM SPENT-POWER REACTOR FUEL
Perhaps In anticipation of increased weapons requirements, Franca ia working toaaer Isotope separation process to obtain weapon-grade
Plutonium Iron tha spent fuel of! commercial reactora. If successful, it nay bo capa producing considerably note weapon-gred
now obtains by operating "production" rtactots. Prance could exercise the option gf retiring these reactors for ecor.oolc reasons.
'President Hittarrand ar:
Letoy recar.tiy stated that Franca Intends to Modernise Its strategic deterrent and Ita tactical nuclear arms. This My require additional plutonlun (or the military. Normally, weapon-grade plutonlua la produced by Irradiation of natural uranluaroduction reactorhort period. It la than removed and reprocessed to extract tha plutonium. I
Commercial light-water power reactora are tha predominant type now in operation and coming on-line In France. The La Hague conmercial fuel reprocessing plant la processing spent fuel fro* those reactora and will continue to accumulate extracted plutonlun. This plut.i owever, is only satisfactory for use as fast-braader reactor fuel or for recycling In light-water reactors; it le not desirable for use InOriginal document.