Nuclear Waste Doesn’t Exist: http://rayharvey.org/index.php/2010/02/nuclear-waste-doesnt-exist/ "There is no such thing as nuclear waste — and that’s just one of the many beautiful things about nuclear energy. A nuclear reactor is refueled by its waste.
Quoting Dr. Pierre Guelfe, chief engineer of France’s main nuclear
facility, in an interview he gave with William Tucker, author of an
excellent book called Terrestrial Energy: Pierre Guelfe: When the
depleted fuel rods are removed, the reactors are shipped to La Hague for
reprocessing. They let it cool down for a few years and then remove the
uranium and plutonium. They ship the plutonium here. We take it and mix
it with another stream of material, which is the scrap that is left
over from uranium enrichment. The U235 content of this is very low …
U235 is the fissionable isotope. But the plutonium is much more
fissionable than the depleted uranium. So when we mix them together, you
get a fuel that is very close to enriched uranium. It’s called ‘Mixed
Oxide Fuel’(MOX). We have 20 reactors here in France running on MOX and
there are ten more in Germany and two in Switzerland. So we’re pure
plutonium, and we scrap uranium together. We use everything. We don’t
leave any waste. William Tucker: I’ve read this several times but I
want to make absolutely sure: The plutonium that comes out of a
commercial reactor, that you separate from the fuel rod, that cannot be
used to make a bomb, right? Pierre Guelfe: That’s right. You have
four plutonium isotopes: Pu239, Pu240, Pu241 and Pu242. Of the four,
only Pu239 can sustain a chain reaction. The others are contaminants.
The PU241 is too highly radioactive. It fissiles too fast so you can’t
control it to make a bomb. But you can use all of them to sustain
fission in a MOX reactor (source). And yet on the basis of some
colossal misinformation, the United States now has fifty thousand tons
of nuclear “waste,” because our government won’t allow nuclear plants to
reuse it. The stated policy of the Department of Energy (DOE) is
“not to reprocess” a perfectly reusable by-product — and all for
absolutely no good reason.""
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a grassroots, nonpartisan movement of ordinary Canadians
that emerged in response to the lack of commitment by federal government(s) to build a new research reactor in Canada for nearly 2 decades.