James Conca, Geochemist: Yucca Mountain has always been political, from its initial choice to its recent death. The problem this time is that most of our high-level nuclear waste is no longer high-level. And most scientists agree we shouldn’t dispose of spent nuclear fuel until we reuse it in our new reactors that are designed to burn it. Besides, the highly-fractured, variably saturated, dual-porosity volcanic tuff at Yucca Mountain with highly oxidizing groundwater, was the wrong rock to begin with, causing the cost to skyrocket and the technical hurdles to keep mounting. Anti-nuclear activists have used Yucca Mt. to oppose the new generation of nuclear power plants by saying we have no place to put the waste. Unfortunately, everyone has focused on the political and legal aspects without understanding the science. And we know what happens when Human Law runs into Natural Law – Natural Law wins every time.
This is an excellent educational video about the key technical points of fast breeder reactors, namely the fuel design and fuel recycling. The video is about the highly successful Integral Fast Reactor program at Argonne National Laboratory in the 1980s and 1990s. Anti-nuclear activists worked for decades to stop breeder reactor development. They succeeded through President Bill Clinton. The Russians and Chinese are pressing ahead to use this technology. Never has a leader of any nation abandoned such a vast amount of energy resources as did the United States when it stopped the fast breeder reactor program in the 1990s.
Donald R. Riley - This is an excellent short summary about energy. Go Nuclear, Inc. has worked with many key nuclear scientists and engineers with first hand experience in developing nuclear energy technologies: Bruno Comby, Yoon Chang, Jerry Cuttler, William Hannum, Kelvin Kemm, Leonard Koch, Kenneth Kok, John Landis, David Lester, Michael Lineberry, Daniel Meneley, Wanda Munn, Donald R. Riley, Theodore Rockwell, John Sackett, George Stanford, Charles Till, and Alan Waltar among others.
The depleted uranium from the enrichment program can power all of the electrical energy needs of the United States for over 700 years at 1994 levels. This is using fast reactor and spent fuel recycling technologies developed at Argonne National Laboratory.