Nuclear fuel reprocessing and radioactive waste

in Nuclear Power

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584970
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777875 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Nuclear fuel reprocessing and radioactive waste

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‘Nuclear fuel reprocessing and radioactive waste’ describes the different methods of reprocessing nuclear waste. It explains concerns about the use of reprocessing to produce nuclear weapons. Around 40% of nuclear fuel is obtained by reprocessing. Following India's demonstration that an independent nuclear weapons programme could be based on recycled waste from a commercial reactor, the USA banned all commercial reprocessing and plutonium extraction due to concerns about nuclear weapon proliferation. Later, the US Department of Energy proposed the formation of a Global Nuclear Partnership to promote the use of nuclear power and close the fuel cycle in order to reduce waste and the risk of weapon proliferation.

Keywords: desert; nuclear fuel; radioactive waste; reprocessing; site; thermal

Chapter.  3269 words. 

Subjects: Nuclear Power and Engineering ; Nuclear Issues (Environmental Science)

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