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It's irresponsible to print a statement like this: "Basically, burying spent uranium fuel involves putting it back where it was found in the first place -- in the ground." An elementary school student knows that uranium used in reactors has been treated so that it's much, much more volatile than it was when it was taken out of the ground.
Burying radioactive waste like spent fuel rods is NOT a solution. It only transfers the pain and misery for such misdeeds to future generations. Paul, you should know better, considering Love Canal happened near where you used to live. Before we get too enamored over nuclear power again, we need a sound, comprehensive plan on what to do with the nuclear waste. Burying it, doesn't cut it.
It has just been refined and the parts that aren't needed were already disposed of. It still did come straight out of the ground, as uranium, just mixed with other stuff too.
1. Reprocess the waste to make more fuel from it.(aka, re-enrich it)
2. Use the depleted uranium for other purposes as it is currently used for.(applications that need a material with very high density and hardness) Also radioactive sources that are used for level measurement and medical machines.
3. Re-Open Yucca mountain, in the middle of the desert, where nothing lives, and bury the leftovers there.
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