Know where your reactors are! Did you know Ploughshares Fund just helped stop funding for CMRR;
The facility – known as the Chemical and Metallurgical Research Reactor, or CMRR – was supposed to be built at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Here’s why it was a bad idea:
• Unneeded capacity: Despite the fact that we already have more bomb cores than we need, this facility would have tripled our ability to produce plutonium pits, enabling the production of new nuclear weapons beyond our needs and (if built) in violation of our treaty commitments.
• Unsafe location: The facility was supposed to be sited in a seismically active area, adding the risk of earthquake to the risk of radioactive plutonium.
• Unaccountable spending: Building hadn’t even started yet and cost estimates had ballooned from $400 million to somewhere between $4 and $6 billion.