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A terrorist with a little technical know-how and 20 pounds of smuggled plutonium could make a bomb powerful enough to destroy a city. That's what we should be worried about.

 Did you know
 there will soon be
 more plutonium in world commerce
 than in all of the world's nuclear weapons?

 To find out how to halt trade
 in atom-bomb materials,
 look below.

  The Problem:

Unless we stop the process, there will soon be more atom-bomb
material in civilian nuclear energy programs than now exists in
nuclear arsenals.

Plutonium is being extracted from reactor wastes for use as fuel
in nuclear power plants. Uranium has been enriched to weapons
grade for use as fuel in research reactors.

These civilian, bomb-grade fuels are unnecessary because nuclear
power and research reactors can be run without them.

Reactors can operate on low-grade uranium that cannot be used
in bombs.

  The Consequence:

The problem may seem complex,
but the likely consequence
is not . . . .

 35 kiloton blast image = 20 pounds of plutonium = 70 million pounds of TNT

  Driving the Point Home:
In a flash,
what a nuclear explosion
can do to your livingroom. . . .

 Animation: Exploding House
 U.S. nuclear test photos.

  What You Can Do:
Understand that:
dot The theft of less than 20 pounds of plutonium or
40 pounds of bomb-grade uranium from civilian programs
could result in a nuclear explosion like the 35 kiloton blast
pictured here (equivalent to 70 million pounds of TNT).

dot With tons of atom-bomb materials in commerce, such
explosions could become commonplace.

dot Beyond the immediate threat of nuclear smuggling and
nuclear terrorism, there's a larger threat: nations that
stockpile plutonium and bomb-grade uranium for
peaceful purposes can convert these fuels into
nuclear weapons at any time.

dot That's what Iraq did with its "peaceful" supply of
bomb-grade uranium in 1990 until the Gulf War
interrupted its crash bomb program.

dot It is not too late to prevent the spread of nuclear
weapons. To find out how . . . .

Go to NCI - the Nuclear Control Institute

1996-2003 Nuclear Control Institute
1000 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC, 20036, U.S.A.
Tel: 202-822-8444, Fax: 202-452-0892
E-mail: mail@nci.org
Publisher: Paul Leventhal, NCI

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