What should we do with all that old fuel from nuclear power reactors?

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What should we do with all that old fuel from nuclear power reactors?

Post  pinhedz on Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:27 am

The stuff lasts a long time--50,000 years in the future the stuff is still hotter than the Dickens:


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:29 am

With mixed oxide fuel, the U233 just keeps going up for 100,000 years as the plutonium decays.


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:32 am

These canisters are new and empty. After they're full, they'll be stored in a lead-lined warehouse, and nobody will go in there; they'll just look through a little leaded-glass window and use robot arms if they have to move them.

They turn all kinds of interesting colors when they have nuclear waste in them. What a Face


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:27 am

See the caption under that photo? It says that spent fuel is so nasty, that we can keep our old plutonium out of the hands of proliferator-evildoers by mixing it in with the spent fuel--that way no evildoer will ever dare come close to it.

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