Rocky Flats: Where have all the plutonium pits gone?

In Nuclear Guardianship, Plutonium, Rocky Flats on May 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

The May 4, 2012, National Post of Canada published a stunning image depicting the nuclear weapons worldwide that are currently “ready to use” — that is, deliverable to targets in a very short time. The graphic depicts Planet Earth surrounded by several concentric rings, each ring showing the size of the nuclear arsenal of one or more nuclear armed countries — Israel, India, Pakistan, China, Britain, France, Russia and the United States. Only North Korea of the present “have bomb” states is not represented, because it probably has no more then two or three bombs. The U.S. has by far the largest arsenal, Russia the second largest, and so on in size down to Israel and India that have only a couple-hundred weapons each. All these countries pose some level of threat to ongoing life on Planet Earth.

To see this remarkable image for yourself, go to  http: //news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/04/world-nuclear-graphic/

Those familiar with the history of nuclear weapons production in the U.S. will realize that the fissile plutonium pit at the core of every warhead in the current U.S. arsenal was manufactured at Rocky Flats. Never mind that the plant is now shut down and the buildings in which this work was done have disappeared. The legacy of Rocky Flats as a global threat lives on. Recent analyses of the lifetime of plutonium pits says they remain useful for 100 years or more.


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