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Government's doomed 6bn plan to dispose of nuclear waste

 
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Kieran



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:08 am    Post subject: Government's doomed 6bn plan to dispose of nuclear waste Reply with quote

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/governments-doomed-6bn-plan-to-dispose-of-nuclear-waste-2266047.html

"One month after the Japanese tsunami, the world's biggest reserve of plutonium waste is reaching crisis point. It was meant to be reprocessed and sold but now no nation will take it. So where is this vast stockpile? Not Fukushima, but Sellafield, Cumbria."

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

That article is a joke, isn't it? If by some remote possibility it's serious, what kind of morons are running this country? No one with even limited intelligence could dream up something so stupid, could they? Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alas, it does seem to be serious.

We're in a bit of a pickle.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

energy-village wrote:
We're in a bit of a pickle.

A bit of pickle is nice, and works wonders for a cheese sandwich. It's the bit of plutonium that worries me. And that the people who dream up these things are on the loose, and not in a straight jacket in a padded cell Evil or Very Mad.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Independent hasn't accurately reported, in this article, the full extent of Sir David King's proposals for handling the UK's stockpile of Pu (from nuclear power and weapons technology) and spent AGR.

King has proposed four possible scenarios, the first of which was the usual 'do nothing': in this case, underground burial. The other scenarios all involved adding the reprocesed Pu to uranium to form MOX fuel. Scenario 3 proposed also processing the AGR spent fuel back into the MOX fuel mix. Scenario 4 proposed the same as scenario 3 but including the processing of foreign fuel. The 'do nothing' approach was the most expensive option, scenario 4 was the cheapest.

No decision has been taken as to the way forward - King's review was only published about a week ago.

So what's hapenning in Japan, as reported in the referenced Independent article, could only have a small relevance to this report of King.
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