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RE: Should we recycle nuclear waste?
The decision by the Carter administration was a boneheaded move from the beginning. The concern was that in the reprocessing that plutonium would be extracted where terrorists could possibly get hold of it. Thanks to N. Korea, Iran and the breakup of the former Soviet Union, our storing plutonium is pretty much a nonentity in concerns about terrorists getting their hands on the material. Spent fuel is being produced, that is predominantly reuseable if it is reprocessed, eliminating/reducing the need for mining additional uranium. France's reprocessing program has no bearing on what they may or may not have done with the overall technology. We're stupid not to reuse fuel that we have in hand.
Posted by garys5604
23rd Feb 2011