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The Uncertain Future of Nuclear Energy

Frank von Hippel

Frank von Hippel, physicist, life long leader against breeder nuclear energy: The mission of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) is to secure, consolidate and reduce stockpiles of highly enriched uranium and plutonium. The Panel is co-chaired by Professor R. Rajaraman of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and Professor Frank von Hippel of Princeton University. The other route to nuclear weapons is enrichment of uranium to a level above 20 percent uranium-235 (typically, to more than 90 percent). Perhaps the most important question with regard to fission power is whether it will be possible for it to grow and spread without spreading nuclear weapons. Phase out reprocessing as quickly as possible.