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Reprocessing

Reprocessing - the chemical separation of uranium and plutonium from irradiated reactor fuel - is arguably the most dangerous and dirty phase of the nuclear fuel chain. Reprocessing generates huge waste streams with no management solution and isolates plutonium, the fissile component of a nuclear weapon. Countries such as England and France, where reprocessing has been carried out for decades, face a legacy of contamination and an enormous plutonium surplus vulnerable to theft or attack.

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Saturday
Jul112009

Top ten reasons reprocessing is environmentally devastating

Read the "Top Ten Reasons Reprocessing is Environmentally Devastating," a list of talking points prepared by Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear to oppose the Department of Energy's proposed Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP).

Saturday
Jul112009

Reprocessing creates multiple waste streams

The Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation produced a useful graph showing the multiple waste streams that would be generated by the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership's reprocessing and "advanced burner reactors."

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