Norway: A Case of Hot Water

A Case of Hot Water

Norway has no nuclear power stations and prohibits nuclear weapons on its territory in peacetime, but its no-nukes policy has failed to protect it from nuclear scandal. Last week the Norwegian Foreign Ministry confirmed that some 15 tons of the country's heavy water was diverted in 1983 to an unknown destination. Prized for its purity, Norwegian heavy water, or deuterium oxide, is used as a coolant in nuclear reactors and to produce plutonium, an ingredient in nuclear bombs.

The water is believed to have been shipped to Switzerland before being passed on to India, which is thought to be thirsty for...

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