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"The Plutonium Mountain Mission: Lessons"

"The Plutonium Mountain Mission: Lessons"

Op-Ed, Power & Policy Blog

September 27, 2013

Author: Eben Harrell, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom April 2013–June 2015; Former Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom, July 2011–June 2015

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Managing the Atom; Science, Technology, and Public Policy


In Summer of 2013, The Project on Managing the Atom released “Plutonium Mountain: Inside the 17-Year Mission to Secure a Dangerous Legacy of Soviet Nuclear Testing.” In the report, Eben Harrell and David Hoffman tell how dedicated scientists and engineers in three countries overcame suspicions, secrecy, bureaucracy, and logistical obstacles to secure more than a dozen bombs worth of plutonium that had been left behind at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Although the outline of the Semipalatinsk operation had been made public before, the report filled in new details.


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Harrell, Eben. "The Plutonium Mountain Mission: Lessons." Power & Policy Blog, September 27, 2013.

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