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  •  Scientists know what to do with spent fuel (1+ / 0-)
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    it's not a physics or engineering problem, it's a political one.

    •  as long as coal, petroleum and nat gas rule the (1+ / 0-)
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      splashy'll always be a political problem.....but.....It Ain't Goin Nowhere.

    •  oh then what (7+ / 0-)

      what will scientists do with the waste in a thousand years?

      though I´m equivocal on nuclear power, and that precisely for the climate change reason, It always struck me as indescribably naive and irrational how one could maintain that we know what to do with waste that´ll be dangerous for thousands of years when we invented electricity just 150 years back, and are staring at a systemic crisis of our technological civilization within this century.

      yeah we may know what to do with the waste for a day (unless it´s a Fukushima day, as has turned out), and after that, we´ll trust the Gods and our lucky stars.

      Ici s´arrète la loi.

      by marsanges on Thu Mar 31, 2011 at 12:59:59 PM PDT

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      •  We can recycle it and use it again. (2+ / 0-)
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        The reason it's dangerous is because we've barely extracted any of the energy from the fuel.

      •  I've never understood the problem (2+ / 0-)

        When the spent fuel is decayed enough to cool by air convection, why can't it be stored in a warehouse, or some army base in the desert. If our society breaks down to the point where we can't keep a building guarded, there will probably be more pressing issues than the theoretical integrity of a fuel container 10,000 years in the future.

        And anyway, reprocess to separate out the <10% of volume that is fission products, and burn most of that as fuel. The 3% that is left will decay to background in hundreds, not hundreds of thousands, of years. This is the Japanese plan.

    •  BS (3+ / 0-)
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      p gorden lippy, Linda Wood, IM

      Physicists and engineers don't know what to do with spent nuclear fuel.  You can encapsulate it and monitor it indefinitely.  But no one has a permanent solution or even location for disposal.

      And to insist that the public put all of their trust in physicists and engineers is folly, especially in light of what is happening in Japan.

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