Completing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Hecht, Marjorie Mazel
June 2008
21st Century Science & Technology;2008, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p12
The article discusses the nuclear fuel cycle. The author observes that concept of used nuclear fuel as "nuclear waste" is a fiction created by the opponents of nuclear energy. It was assumed that the nations making use of nuclear energy would reprocess their spent fuel, by recycling the nuclear fuel. It is stated that if the U.S. buries its 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel, it would be wasting 66,000 metric tons of uranium, which could be used to make new fuel.


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