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Volunteer Towns Sought for Nuclear Waste

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes | more than 3 years ago

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "Brian Wingfield writes in Bloomberg that the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future has sent a draft report to Energy Secretary Steven Chu recommending that US communities should be encouraged to vie for becoming a federal nuclear-waste site as a way to end a decades-long dilemma over disposing of spent radioactive fuel and says this “consent-based” approach will help cut costs and end delays caused when the federal government picks a site over the objections of local residents, “This means encouraging communities to volunteer (PDF) to be considered to host a new nuclear-waste management facility,” says the commission. Chu named the panelists after Obama canceled plans to build a permanent repository at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain after the Yucca site was opposed by politicians from the state. "The United States has traveled nearly 25 years down the current path only to come to a point where continuing to rely on the same approach seems destined to bring further controversy, litigation, and protracted delay," says the report. The Blue Ribbon Commission cited as a “success” the US Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico, which has accepted and disposed of some defense-related nuclear waste for more than a decade demonstrating that that “nuclear wastes can be transported safely over long distances and placed securely in a deep, mined repository." With the right incentives, “there will be a great deal of support” for a waste site near the New Mexico facility, says former Senator Pete Domenici,."

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Don't bury it (1)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 3 years ago | (#36938738)

It would be extremely wasteful to bury that waste when there's still an enormous amount of useful energy that can be extracted from it.

What is needed is nuclear fuel reprocessing (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | more than 3 years ago | (#36938980)

What the US needs is one nuclear power plant capable of burning nuclear waste. 98+% of the nuclear waste can be burnt, generating more electricity, and when you're left with 2% of the original nuclear waste, that can be stored sooo much easier. This would make 50 tons of nuclear waste become 1 ton or less.
There needs to be a decision in that direction. What a pitty that the coal power lobby has managed to create a very negative image of nuclear power. Just build nuclear plants in safe places, that don't get earthquakes, that's the only real risk associated with advanced, modern nuclear power plants (as long as you don't put moron's - Homer Simpsons of life to operate it).
Just look at France's example, 100% safe nuclear power history.

Use the space station (1)

Marcion (876801) | more than 3 years ago | (#36939344)

Why don't we use the international space station for nuclear fuel reprocessing? The energy generated would power the ISS and new higher powered experiments. The leftover (significantly smaller) waste could be shoved in an old Soyuz and sent out of orbit.

Re:Use the space station (1)

TheInternetGuy (2006682) | more than 3 years ago | (#36944180)

Are you for real? Not a great idea to send nuclear waste to orbit on rockets that explodes in the atmosphere every now and then.
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