A loose end in nuke issue: spent fuel

A loose end in nuke issue: spent fuel

There are 25 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jun 10, 2009, titled A loose end in nuke issue: spent fuel. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

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Gary

Schnecksville, PA

#24 Jun 12, 2009
Peyronie wrote:
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So I take it that you are more interested in stopping nuclear power than in solving the problem.
Otherwise, please state your objections like a grownup.
There are ways to solve the problem without dumping it in the ocean.
We've spent billions on a storage facility in Nevada. There the waste would be accessible for recycling once the technology improves.
The salt water in the oceans is highly corrosive, no container can withstand it forever. We'd just be leaving a mess for future generations.
Gary

Schnecksville, PA

#25 Jun 12, 2009
Peyronie wrote:
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So I take it that you are more interested in stopping nuclear power than in solving the problem.
Otherwise, please state your objections like a grownup.
I'm guessing I was a grown up before your mother was conceived.
Just like most small minded people, when your argument is not rational you resort to name calling.
I'm thinking Democrat (that's about the worst name I can think of to call you back, since they use that tactic all of the time.))
Sober Dude

Allentown, PA

#26 Jun 12, 2009
Gary wrote:
<quoted text>...We've spent billions on a storage facility in Nevada. There the waste would be accessible for recycling once the technology improves...
Very good point. It is well understood that the percentage of material actually consumed is very low and that recycling is the way to go. The problem is that these processes are extremely expensive.

Why not use Yucca until the technology improves?
wayne in virginia

Virginia Beach, VA

#27 Jun 12, 2009
The government (DOD) currently has about four major nuclear waste disposal sites around the country, and for years has been making strong engineering efforts to close them. Biggest, I believe, is the Hanford site in Washington state. The sites include spent fuel, as well as 'de-commissioned' reactors, and nuclear component parts and piping.

The nuclear industry has concerns, not only regarding the spent fuel itself, but all the radioactive waste materials generated as a result of repair and maintenance to nuclear reactors. Burial is the only feasible option right now, considering that the half-life of the fuel itself is roughly 10,000 years.

Since: Mar 07

Emmaus, PA

#28 Jun 13, 2009
Excellent factual site for all things nuclear, including spent fuel storage and reprocessing technologies:
www.virtualnucleartourist.com

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