National Security

Nuclear Waste

In this series, we examine the faltering global effort to control dangerous nuclear explosives and shine a light on the gravest risks. Our stories have revealed problems with a U.S. and Russia plan to destroy excess Cold War-era plutonium, explained a controversy over Japan’s continuing construction of the world’s largest plutonium factory, analyzed the reasons for South Africa’s refusal to relinquish its apartheid-era nuclear explosives, and revealed connections between three alarming, Russia-related nuclear smuggling incidents.