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U.S. Should Cancel Plutonium Plant, Delay Uranium Facility: Expert Report

WASHINGTON — The United States should cancel plans to build a multi-billion dollar plutonium research facility in New Mexico and postpone construction of an enriched-uranium processing plant in Tennessee, according to a report released Thursday by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The UCS report, "Making Smart Security Choices," criticizes multiple Obama administration plans for nuclear facilities and weapons, arguing the plans to build new fissile-material handling plants in particular are unnecessarily ambitious given the expected future downward trajectory of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The Union of Concerned Scientists is an independent science advocacy organization.

The United States "should refurbish its existing weapons instead of spending tens of billions to build new ones," report co-author Lisbeth Gronlund said.

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