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Nuclear Materials Safeguards for the Future

  • J. W. Tape

Abstract

Basic concepts of domestic and international safeguards are described, with an emphasis on safeguards systems for the fuel cycles of commercial power reactors. Future trends in institutional and technical measures for nuclear materials safeguards are outlined. The conclusion is that continued developments in safeguards approaches and technology, coupled with institutional measures that facilitate the global management and protection of nuclear materials, are up to the challenge of safeguarding the growing inventories of nuclear materials in commercial fuel cycles in technologically advanced States with stable governments that have signed the nonproliferation treaty. These same approaches also show promise for facilitating international inspection of excess weapons materials and verifying a fissile materials production cutoff convention.

Keywords

International Atomic Energy Agency Fuel Cycle Nuclear Material Remote Monitoring Nuclear Facility 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Tape
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos National LaboratoryNonproliferation and International Security DivisionLos Alamos

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