16 Nov '11, 6pm

A Long, Long Road to Recycling Nuclear Fuel

General Accounting Office “Spent” fuel is still 95.6 percent unused uranium. While most of that is not in a form that can power a reactor, it is not particularly hard to dispose of, experts say. The question of what to do with spent nuclear fuel from civilian power reactors has stirred renewed interest in reprocessing — that is, chopping up the fuel, retrieving materials that can power a reactor and possibly recovering the most troublesome waste products so they can be broken up in the reactor into easier-to-handle elements. But the Energy Department, which is supposed to is evaluate different ways that the used fuel could be recycled, has a long way to go, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a report released on Wednesday, the auditors noted that the Department of Energy had listed a huge number of potential ways to do the job and classified the methods ...

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