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  •  They've done tests (0+ / 0-)

    Plutonium's not the problem, short half-life radioisotopes are.

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    by JPax on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 02:25:32 PM PDT

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    •  What tests of what? (0+ / 0-)

      Since a nuclear power plant is like both the match and the flash bulb, your analogy seems a little... irrelevant? And people working in the nuclear power industry must be mistaken, because they think plutonium is quite a big problem. The risk of any particular bit of nuclear waste may decrease over the years, but a large reservoir of low level nuclear waste in a forgotten salt mine could turn out to be a very big problem a few thousand years from now.

      •  Waste should be reprocessed. (0+ / 0-)

        That would keep it out of the salt mine and contribute to the energy paradigm that keeps CO2 out of the atmosphere. More advanced reactor designs, like LFTR could make use of it without a need for long term storage in Nevada. As long as they don't build it in an obvious disaster zone, it should be okay.

        CO2 and methane are worse threats to the global environment than the radioactivity releases from properly operating nuclear plants.

        It probably doesn't matter. By the time we could get new nuclear plants up and running, we'd have pumped so much CO2 and Methane into the atmosphere, that civilization will collapse within a century from climate change. Miami is already lost, they just won't notice it for a few decades yet.

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        by JPax on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 04:04:24 AM PDT

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        •  I substantially agree with you (0+ / 0-)

          As a long term response to nuclear waste, LFTR is certainly worth pursuing, over the long term, on a smaller scale than usually undertaken by the energy industry. Isn't there some suitable staffed and funded university that could make a small scale experimental plant? In the mean time, solar, wind, conservation, lifestyle adjustments, etc., etc., are better positioned for short term solutions of how to make it to the second half of this century, assuming we don't just kill each other over something stupid.

          Plus, the graphite balls still have to be disposed of.

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