134. Plutonium and Breeding 

Features of the element plutonium and its relation to breeder reactors

End Question:

1: More environmental radiation surrounds a typical coal-fired power plant than surrounds a fission power plant. What does this indicate about the shielding surrounding the two types of power plants? 2: We’ve learned that when Np-239 emits a beta particle, the neptunium transmutes to plutonium. If Pu-239 emits a beta particle, what is the atomic number of the element it becomes?