Managing Critical Isotopes: Select Assessments of Issues with Nuclear Applications


Aubrey Lindell (Editor)

Series: Nuclear Materials and Disaster Research
BISAC: TEC028000

Little is known about lithium-7 production in China and Russia and whether their supplies can meet future domestic demand. According to industry representatives, China and Russia produce enough lithium-7 to meet demand from U.S. pressurized water reactors, a type of commercial nuclear power reactor that requires lithium-7 for safe operation. This book examines what is known about the supply and demand of lithium-7, what federal agencies are responsible for managing supply risks, and alternative options to mitigate a potential shortage. The authors of this book also discuss the management of helium-3 and the availability of tritium for the weapons stockpile to the National Nuclear Security Administration. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Managing Critical Isotopes: Stewardship of Lithium-7 Is Needed to Ensure a Stable Supply

Managing Critical Isotopes: Weaknesses in DOE’s Management of Helium-3 Delayed the Federal Response to a Critical Supply Shortage

Nuclear Weapons: National Nuclear Security Administration Needs to Ensure Continued Availability of Tritium for the Weapons Stockpile


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