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Robert Del Tredici - At Work in the Fields of the Bomb

75. Candu Reactor: Darlington

The Canadian Candu had its origins in the Manhattan Project. It fissions unenriched uranium in a moderator of heavy water to produce heat, steam, electricity- and plutonium. It produces plutonium more efficiently than any other reactor except the breeder. Canadians themselves refer to the Candu as a "near-breeder." The Candu is used for peaceful purposes, but the plutonium in the bomb that India built came from a copy of the first Canadian heavy-watermoderated reactor. Darlington, Ontario, Canada. January 21, 1987.

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