Close Dimona, Scientist Urges

An Israeli scientist who once held a senior position at the Dimona nuclear weapons reactor says the 36-year-old facility is aging dangerously and should be shut down before it develops an accident.

"The plant's infrastructure is worn out, and this risks sparking incidents," Dr. Uzi Even told reporters in February. "It's a matter of the concrete shell which cannot be changed and the reactor's cooling pipes, which are worn out due to neutron bombardment."

An Israel Atomic Energy Commission spokesman responded that the reactor poses no danger to the public.