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Robert Alvarez

Robert Alvarez

Articles by Robert Alvarez

11 August 2016
Americas

Nuclear power plant? Or storage dump for hot radioactive waste?

Robert Alvarez

Evidence is mounting that spent high-burnup fuel poses little-studied challenges to the temporary used-fuel storage plans now in place and to any eventual arrangement for a long-term storage repository.

11 February 2016
Americas

West Lake story: An underground fire, radioactive waste, and governmental failure

Robert Alvarez

The US government needs to remove radioactive waste from a St. Louis area landfill that's on fire, before contamination spreads further than it already has

27 May 2015
Asia

The Marshall Islands and the NPT

Robert Alvarez

The Marshalls lawsuits and the humanitarian initiative both seek to make the nuclear states comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaty and seriously negotiate toward nuclear disarmament

23 February 2015
Americas

More bucks for the bang

Robert Alvarez

The cost of the nuclear weapons complex keeps going up, even as the size of the nuclear arsenal falls

18 January 2015
Americas

Rebranding the nuclear weapons complex won't reform it

Robert Alvarez

The nuclear weapons production and laboratory system created during the Cold War is simply far too large for the current military situation and needs drastic consolidation that includes the closing of labs and other facilities

1 November 2014
Americas

In preparation for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference next year, the United States reports great progress in physically dismantling its nuclear weapons—a foundation for a key pillar of the treaty, which aims, ultimately, to reduce and eventually eliminate the arsenals of

4 August 2014
Americas

Y-12: Poster child for a dysfunctional nuclear weapons complex

Robert Alvarez

The Y-12 National Security Complex has not produced weapons for some 25 years, but its annual budgets have increased by nearly 50 percent since 1997. The dysfunction must end, sometime.

11 May 2014
Americas

Thorium: the wonder fuel that wasn't

Robert Alvarez

The Energy Department appears to have lost track of 96 kilograms of uranium 233, a fissile material made from thorium that can be fashioned into a bomb, and wants to put nearly a ton of left-over fissile materials in a government landfill, in apparent violation of international standards.

23 March 2014
Americas

The WIPP problem, and what it means for defense nuclear waste disposal

Robert Alvarez

As Energy Department contractors send robots to explore WIPP's caverns, the future of the world’s only operating high-hazard radioactive waste repository is uncertain.

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