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  •  Just to clarify, molten salt reactors qualify (2+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, Throw The Bums Out

    as candidates for "nuclear pigs" to gobble up those radioactive "slops"--you separate the elements in the reprocessing loop & run the ones with long-lived isotopes back through the core until they suck up enough neutrons to turn into fissile species & then get split by one more. In the end you're left with a much smaller amount of radioactive waste, primarily fission products with half-lives of 30 years or less, which after 200-300 years in secure & geologically stable facilities are no more radiologically hazardous than uranium ore. Still not an ideal situation, but consider that CO2 has a half life in the atmosphere of roughly 80 years...


    by Uncle Cosmo on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 06:45:02 AM PDT

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