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  •  There's no such thing as (0+ / 0-)

    "recycling" of rad waste.  Reprocessing, yes, recycling, no.  AND the reprocessing cycle isn't exactly clean.

    The term "recycling" when applied to radwaste is using greenwash, which, I am certain, you don't intend to do.

    866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

    by cany on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 05:47:20 PM PST

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    •  hardly greenwash. (0+ / 0-)

      Recycling = diverting a waste product from disposal into reuse as a raw material, for example melting down used glass bottles & jars to make new glass.  

      For that matter all forms of municipal waste recycling are "reprocessing."

      Waste stream diversion is not the same thing as recycling, because it re-uses objects intact rather than as raw materials: for example when a company replaces its computers every two years and donates the old ones to schools or charities, or when you buy a bottle of bottled water and then refill it from the kitchen faucet every day for a month or two (or in my case a year, washing it out as needed).  

      Waste reduction is also not the same thing since it entails a reduction in the quantity of material remaining after a process: for example using cloth grocery bags.  

      Technically nuclear waste is reprocessed.  Technically the blue bin you put out on Tuesday morning is a "reprocessing bin."

      Either way the result is the same:  spent nuclear fuel is a resource that still contains over 90% of the energy in the fissionable materials, and that energy can be recovered.   One can't say the same thing for coal ash.  

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