Business Forum: Nuclear power is not 'clean energy'
Before taking expansion of nuclear power seriously, the country needs to deal with the unresolved issue of radioactive waste storage.
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#1 Nov 18, 2013
"To be clear, the Prairie Island Indian Community is not opposed to nuclear power as an energy source. We are, however, deeply troubled by any implication that it represents clean energy. Indeed, the nuclear industry has generated a reported 67,500 metric tons of highly radioactive waste, against which the earth and its inhabitants must be shielded for hundreds of thousands of years.
The terrifying reality is that while we set our gaze on increased nuclear energy, we are no closer to solving the dilemma of what to do with that waste."
The bottom line is the re-milling of the waste stream to decrease the amount (67,500 metric tons) or not doing the same thing over and over again, the building of LWR that create this waste. The NRC doesn't have any "other" type of reactor on it's "build" list. None of the new plants that have been reviewed for construction are anything other than LWR. The article mentions seven generations, the waste stream from LWR is more like 120 to 130 generations.
#2 Nov 21, 2013
And what source of energy is "clean" energy ?!??
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