Saturday, November 8, 2008
No Love for Reprocessed Nuclear Waste
One way to continue the delay of Yuk-Yuk Mountain, is to say the used fuel should be reprocessed, like in France. That way all the Plutonium gets extracted and it comes back as an insoluble glass. Nothing to object about that, huh?
But some people take the 'homeopathic' view of nuclear waste -- as long as plutonium has passed through it, it is still bad.
I'm not in favour of reprocessing, solely to make the waste less hazardous. I don't think the overall hazard is reduced. Just put the stuff away in a retrievable format, in a stable geological formation, and wait until a nuclear reprocessor is the size of an iPod!