(CRS Report for Congress, Anthony Andrews) USofA - Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing: U.S. Policy Development25.Aug.2016
Congressional Research Service, The Library of Congress: As part of the World War II effort to develop the atomic bomb, reprocessing technology was developed to chemically separate and recover fissionable plutonium from irradiated nuclear fuel. Federally sponsored breeder reactor development included research into advanced reprocessing technology. President Carter terminated federal support for reprocessing in an attempt to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons material. The Department of Energy now proposes a new generation of “proliferation-resistant” reactor and reprocessing technology.
Gary Young, mechanical engineer, major product development manager - Before retirement, he worked on product development that significantly contributed to profitability of a global technology company. In this series of articles titled "A Galactic Visitor's Essay," he uses a fictional galactic visitor to let his outstanding technical knowledge and practical experience describe important new ways to use existing nuclear power technologies that can solve many problems existing today in nuclear power and energy needs in general. It is meant to be fun reading for the informed general public, students, and government leadership.
John Tjostem, microbiology, botany, professor emeritus of biology - Will our children and grandchildren inherit a world that has adequate food and clean energy resources to offer quality of life? If yes, we must grapple with three thorny issues which threaten to reduce quality of life in the future: 1) Finding abundant clean energy to replace dwindling fossil fuels; 2) Bringing our world’s population down to a long term sustainable level; 3) Slowing climate change.
John Shanahan, Civil Engineer, initiated a letter to John Holdren, Director of Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House, dated Feb. 1, 2010. The letter made three recommendations. See his reply. Search keywords "Holdren reply".
1) We believe it’s imperative to accelerate the licensing and building of the kind of reactors now in use, commonly called thermal reactors.
2) Along with the critical need for nuclear energy is the urgent call for the isotopes of nuclear medicine.
3) Development of fourth-generation nuclear reactors will be needed if nuclear power is to expand significantly beyond its present market penetration