Nuclear engineers like to show off pretty diagrams explaining how, with fast nuclear reactors and an advanced fuel cycle built around recycling and burning high level “waste” one stretches original enriched uranium fuel almost forever, obtaining oodles of energy, while practically eliminating long-lived waste.
The NYTimes‘s Matthew L. Wald has a story out, arising entirely from one meeting of something called the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, that reveals just how tough it is to follow such straight looking paths out of Yucca Mountain’s conundrums. The board met as part of the endless effort to figure out a palatable solution to commerical nuclear power waste, with many options on the table and with each burdened with very long time horizons, huge price tags, or both. Yikes. This solid piece is a bummer.
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