Three months ago, the White House halted construction on a plutonium recycling facility where gross mismanagement had led to lengthy delays and billions of dollars of added expenses. Yet, this week, the House approved $345 million to continue building the plant, which will produce nuclear fuel that nobody wants.
As io9 reported last week, the U.S. government has been building a facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, which would have been used to convert weapons-grade plutonium into mixed oxide nuclear fuel, or MOX. The initiative has been highly controversial since it began, due, in part, to concerns that it would be a proliferation risk. MOX fuel can be converted back into weapons-grade plutonium, which means it could be used by terrorists as bomb-making material if it was stolen or diverted. On top of that, nuclear power plants in the U.S. have no desire to use the MOX fuel.