US takes steps to resume plutonium pit production for nuclear arms


The Department of Energy plans to increase plutonium pit production to 30 pits annually until 2030, when the number will be ramped up to 80… Pit production was stopped in 2011.

The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has called for a tenfold increase in the levels of “plutonium equivalent” material stored at a New Mexico nuclear facility to allow for the resumption of plutonium pit production. The call has alarmed nuclear watchdog groups. If approved, the increased production of plutonium pits – the core of nuclear…