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Monday, 28 January 2013

U.S. To Bury Almost All Existing Nuclear Waste; Recycling Deferred At Least 20 Years

LUBMIN, GERMANY - JUNE 08:  Workers look down ...
Castor containers filled with spent nuclear fuel rods from decomissioned nuclear power plants at a temporary waste depository in Germany (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
There’s little hope that the 70,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel dispersed across the United States will ever be recycled, according to a recent study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory—so nearly all existing waste will go into the earth.
In a study completed late last year, Oak Ridge officials determined that the U.S. is at least 20 years away from large-scale reprocessing of used nuclear fuel, if it decides to pursue such technologies. By then, they estimate, nuclear plants will have generated another 40,000 metric tons of spent fuel.

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