February 19, 2008

Paying for the nukes twice

The NYT has a great article up about all the nuclear waste that's piling up waiting for permanent storage. The cool part is that we paid for disposal of it with our electricity rates. The other cool thing is that we're going to pay for the delay in storing the waste with our tax dollars.

Cool, huh?

The only answer is to recycle the waste into plutonium and uranium and continue the fuel cycle. It's saves on uranium mining and gives us a long term solution since the wastes left over from the recycling usually have extremely short half-lifes, in some cases minutes or hours. Those wastes can then be vitrified into glass and they won't affect the water table in a long term storage facility.

What we have to do is get more comfortable with running reactors on plutonium. REACTOR grade plutonium, Ralph.

Posted by mcblogger at February 19, 2008 07:54 PM

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